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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Reporters Strike Back!

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald continued his war on the press today by indicting former Chicago Sun-Times publisher David Radler for fraud in connection with the ongoing unraveling of Sun-Times parent Hollinger. OK, I know no one's crying over the notion of Radler, a perfect villain whose (alleged) crimes had nothing to do with journalism, getting strip-searched and eating prison food. (Now that I think about it, aside from Floyd Abrams, no one's really crying for Judith Miller anymore, either.)

But clearly there's some latent hostility on the part of the humble scribes who record Fitzgerald's exploits. How else to explain this, from the Chicago Tribune's online bulletin on the indictment (which, miraculously, appeared on the same day as the news event and was actually written by Tribune staffers):
The seven-count indictment was returned Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago.

"The investing public has a right to expect that officers and directors of publicly traded companies are managing, not stealing, the shareholder's (sic) money," U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald said in the statement.
That's right. Sic, motherfucker!