Edward R. Murrow, David Brinkley, Walter Kronkite – these are the names that come to mind when we think of iconic journalists in news reporting.
Hedda Hopper, Rona Barrett, Perez Hilton – these are the names that come to mind when we think of iconic celebrity gossip columnists.
Which do you think the Chicago Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed properly falls under?
Her latest Pulitzer-winning material:
Hmmm. News GOP gubernatorial gazillionaire Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana — who own nine homes — plan to actually reside in the governor’s mansion in Springfield if he wins prompts Sneed to ask this question.
Will the ramshackle mansion they plan to fix up be off-limits for . . . um, shoes?
As Sneed noted awhile back, Mrs. Rauner doesn’t like shoes worn in the house.
During an exclusive television interview months ago with Rauner by ABC7 political reporter Charles Thomas, Sneed noted neither man was wearing shoes while walking through Rauner’s Winnetka mansion. (I was told the cameraman was also shoeless.)
“[Rauner] told me his wife, Diana, does not like shoes worn in the house,” said Thomas, who told Sneed his own wife also doesn’t favor shoes in the house.
“So I asked [Rauner] first if he wanted me to remove my shoes and I was a little bit stunned when he said, ‘Yes,’ but then he followed up by removing his own shoes.
“And when his wife walked into the room I noticed she wasn’t wearing any shoes and indicated she was quite pleased we had followed suit,” he added.
Recently, Rauner told an assemblage at the Illinois Sate Fairgrounds [sic] : “I’m going to commit to something pretty unusual in Illinois.
“I’m actually going to move to Springfield to live in the governor’s mansion,” he said — while blasting Quinn for taking “care of our governor’s residence the way he takes care of our economy.” Rauner claims he will use his own cash to fix the roof and “pump out the basement.”
Remember when Gov. Jim Edgar banned booze? Can’t wait to see if Rauner, who already owns nine homes, adds a shoe tree for mansion visitors.
Notice how she goes out of her way to mention “gazillionaire” Bruce Rauner “owns nine homes” – twice.
Was it really that slow of a news week? She couldn’t bother commenting on the BGA’s investigation into CTA officials dipping into the pension/health care fund to take vacations to Hawaii and Las Vegas? Or the controversies surrounding Gov. Pat Quinn’s (D-Ill.) IDOT hires?
I guess that’s not what celebrity gossip columnists do.
With media coverage like this…