That's what I wanted to comment on here.
Friday afternoon, I was on my laptop at work (during lunch -- I don't surf during a session as someone's pouring their heart out) and I bookmarked the only two articles at The Chicago Tribune on the death of a local soldier who was 26-years-old. Here and here. The first was a four paragraph (small paragraphs) article written by someone at the paper (the link no longer works). I believe her first name was Lolly (I have neither C.I.'s photographic memory nor her ability to remember bylines). The first three paragraphs were just the Defense Dept.'s press release teased out. The last paragraph indicted someone (maybe at another news outlet?) had at least driven past the home of Michael Oliveri's parents -- it informed us that there was a flag on the front door.
Again, that article is now gone. You get "page not found" now. The second link is to a five paragraph AP story. Wait, it was Lolly. The first article. Mike brought me a note C.I. wrote early this morning (she and Mike and Wally go running in the morning -- I'm usually up before she and the others have to catch their flight back to California but this morning I was dragging and barely had time to give her hug and a goodbye before she left). I had tried to journal last night but had computer problems (which C.I. fixed) and then I couldn't find the other article. This morning, C.I. must have gone looking for it because she found it and wrote down the link. Click here and you get the article plus they've added video from the local news.
How nice of the Chicago Tribune to add others work to their story.
The Chicago Tribune, in case you do not remember, helped sell the illegal war. Libertarian Steve Chapman stood along as the vocal opponent to the Iraq War. The editorials gladly embraced (and dry humped) going to war with Iraq. The columns were a mix of "GO TO WAR NOW!" and (from the 'left') well-golly-it-might-not-be-the-best-thing-in-the-world-but-I-guess-we-need-to-go-to-war. They sold the war.
Now a young man, a local man, is dead. He died Monday, one of five soldiers who died when they were attacked in Iraq. He's dead.
The paper that sold the war can't even pay the debt they owe to him.
Friday night Lolly Bowean filed this story.
A) That story should have been filed days before. B) It's really disappointing when you grasp that the other four who died have already been extensively profiled. Their principals spoken to, their computer science high school teacher spoken to, their cousins spoken to. The Chicago Tribune waits until Friday night and turns in a small piece. Which, please note, means it runs in today's paper which is the least read edition all week. Very few people read the paper on Saturday.
They should be ashamed of themselves. Considering their part in selling the war (and their refusal to tackle the local voices that hid in the shadow nationally but exposed themselves locally), they should have Michael Olivieri's photo on the front page (of the Sunday paper) with five articles about him which begin on the front page.
They were willing to "flood the zone" to get the war they wanted, they damn sure owe it to Michael Olivieri to flood the zone now.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):