Chicago media reporter and blogger @RobertFeder posts today three things about the Tribune’s over-rated (former) page two columnist, John Kass.
Trib reporters signed a letter criticizing Kass for belittling the work street reporters do.
So did their union, the Guild.
And Tribune editors have removed him from the page two “Mike Royko spot.”
The latest story begins a few days ago when Kass wrote a column repeating the anti-Semitic trope about a Jewish conspiracy headed by George Soros to control, well, everything.
I was not surprised by Kass’ anti-Semitism, but I needed to respond.
My friends, who often and for good reason, get mad at the Tribune sometimes miss that there is class struggle there like everywhere.
The Trib has great reporters and union activists like Gregory Pratt who was a guest on our radio show and podcast Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers.
Then there are the owners and non-union editorial and management people, those like Kristen McQueary and Kass.
McQueary is the house union and public education hater, famous for writing a column where she dreams of a hurricane Katrina hitting Chicago, destroying all of our public schools.
That’s why I find myself praying for a storm. OK, a figurative storm, something that will prompt a rebirth in Chicago. I can relate, metaphorically, to the residents of New Orleans climbing onto their rooftops and begging for help and waving their arms and lurching toward rescue helicopters.
And Kass, whose not so hidden hatred of anyone non-white, non-Christian and non-male, got un-masked in his Thursday column.
Back in 2017, when Tribune management was planning to fire staff in their march to destroy one of the last two newspapers in the city, I tweeted, “God. Make it Kristen McQueary.
This apparently outraged Kass, who tweeted back.
Unfortunately McQueary and Kass still have desks at the paper while the Trib’s great reporters face continuing furloughs and job losses.