There’s a rumor floating around now that former Sun-Times sports columnist Jay Mariotti is coming to the Tribune.
Ho-Kay … this pretty much seals the deal for me, on the question “Is the Tribune really just expensive bird-cage liner?”
I appreciate Sam Zell’s efforts to re-invent the paper, and he’s on the right track there. But really … Jay Mariotti? That’s going to fix declining circulation and ad revenue?
I don’t think so. Anger and spittle might work on TV, but it doesn’t work in print. At least, not for me, and I imagine, not for most people.
Jay Mariotti is not good at, you know, writing. Apparently, being a decent writer isn’t a requirement for being a columnist. Good to know.
Here’s an example of an excellent columnist *and* an excellent writer: Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald. Plus: he’s not a twit. Win/win/win!
UPDATE: Crisis averted! Chicago Tribune status back to “iffy”.