John Kass needs to go and he should take Kristen McQueary with him.

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My pic of the day John Kass found his way into Logan Square.

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.

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This apparently outraged Kass, who tweeted back.

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Unfortunately McQueary and Kass still have desks at the paper while the Trib’s great reporters face continuing furloughs and job losses.

8 thoughts on “John Kass needs to go and he should take Kristen McQueary with him.

  1. I knew Kass and McQueary were right-wing, anti-union and anti-public-education, but as a newspaper union official and newsroom journalist myself, I was still about to respond just to your headline to object to calls for their firing. Then I read the full item, and … never mind. I’m not objecting.

    (It’s a thing in the partisan world to scream for the firing of any journalist who offends, and I do sometimes urge people to think about the full implications of that. Though my observation is that liberals tend to call for firing the offending journalists, while right-wingers just send them anonymous death threats — pretty consistent patterns.)

    1. Kass said nothing about the religion or ethnicity of George Soros in the column in question. Go read it to see what it said and don’t take others word for it.

      1. You think I wrote a post about Kass’ anti-Semitic column without having read it? The point of using coded language is so you don’t have to say Jew. Everyone knows what you mean.

  2. There was a letter in the Tribune today from the Midwest RegionalDirector of the Anti-Defamation League, David Goldenberg, “Column Feeds Anti-Semitism.”
    Glad to see Dahleen Glanton in the Page 2 spot today. Great writer, & I think Royko would approve.
    As per staff cuts well, gee, sure Kass (drop the K) could leave w/a nice, more-than-comfortable retirement package.

    Even though he would like teachers (those @#!& unions!!!) to have…none.

  3. We steelworkers knew that John Kass was no good back when he was a reporter for the Daily Calumet.

  4. Kass and Sports are the only things the Chicago Tribune has going for it these days. Pathetic attacks on Kass.If you don’t toe the Machine and public union line in Chicago, they’ll find something to try to bring you down.

  5. I was just thinking of the bigoted tripe Kass excretes…and then…I realized it was entirely forgettable.

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