Chicago Tribune Inflammatory Headlines


I get news feeds from many national newspapers and the Chicago Tribune has just gotten on my nerves.

First it’s the story about the University of Chicago allegedly sending away patients with [wink wink]“nonurgent injuries” who are not able to pay their bills.

Then there’s the recent story titled “Pay tuition or go home” about a high school “send[ing]100 out the door until bills are resolved”

Since when is it a newsworthy event to expect that people pay for the services they receive? Isn’t the free market concept one of the things that separates our economy from socialism?

What’s next?
“Grocery store tells shoppers ‘Pay for food or starve'”?
“Gas station demands payment for gasoline”?

The Tribune charges upwards of $10,000 per day for a full page ad in its newspapers and $50,000 per week for an online advertisement on its home page.

I have the next headlines:

Tribune tells destitute businesses “Pay For Ads or Go Broke”

or how about

“Tribune refuses circulation to homeless Chicagoans”

Can you believe that the Chicago Tribune would try to coerce money out of struggling businesses and would discriminate against indigent Chicago residents in these tough economic times?



  1. once again, americans cannot distinguish socialism from communism. until i moved to america from western europe, i had never seen so many raggedy, ugly, fat, and unhappy faces in one spot before. this is what the “american dream” does to people. despicable.

      • what americans consider to be socialism is still a long way off from communism. in europe, GDR is considered socialism. in american high schools, we learn that europe is socialist. basing it off that definition, you americans are only afraid of a system that would inevitably make the country a much better place to live in because it requires the loss of the EXTREME capitalistic society that this country considers to be a good system. whatever wiki says, what americans consider to be (and what is taught in american schools) greatly differs from what it really is. so while the wiki definition may be correct, what the term socialism has been taken to mean in the US is not what it really is. and if you ask in which school we learned about it, the answer is: the most competitive school district in NC.

  2. In a way, I guess it is good news if *this* is the kind of thing that sends you over the top. (That is, I am hoping you’re passing a good day!)
    The story about Marian Catholic High School and its $450,000 tuition debt certainly is newsworthy. First, it is a local story, and I assume that the details are of enormous interest to that community. Second, it serves to exemplify and make concrete what are still economic abstractions for some. The movement of students away from expensive private schooling to public education is definitely noteworthy.

  3. Did you actually read the story? It is pretty fair in my opinion toward the school and the families. An inflammatory headline? Possibly, but the story doesn’t scorn the school for anything more than the way in which matter was handled.

    All in all the story is pretty bread and butter in this economy – not sure why you had to go raise your cannon at the socialism bogeyman.

  4. The fact that this is considered newsworthy shows that society is getting more and more used to bail-outs, welfare, and entitlements or that the newspaper is hinting at the fact that payment for services shouldn’t be expected to be immediately required in this economy. Obviously, a private school can’t be expected to work and operate without payment (even though hospitals can—the payment structure is similar–the wealthy subsidize the needy).

    It seems that the school could have been a bit more considerate, however, than pulling the kids out of class and lining them up until their parents paid, especially if the church had approved emergency funds to be used for tuition—at least give the parents a chance to apply for that first. Payment issues are slightly different when you’re talking about a non-profit church organization that routinely gives need-based scholarships than a standard business transaction.

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