Catanzara

MMB: Catanzara, Johnson, & Brown’s Truth

Spielman is at it again with a completely contrived political story devoid of context featuring FOP President John Catanzara. The FOP dropped a notice to her that they wanted a story in the news, and of course, Spielman lapped it up. By seeking and exploiting outrageous quotes (per her usual style), Spielman produces this useless Read more about MMB: Catanzara, Johnson, & Brown’s Truth[…]

GAPA

MMB: Exploiting Crime Statistics

Using crime statistics appropriately seems out the reach of both the CPD and the Chicago media. “Last month, Chicago recorded its deadliest September in more than 25 years as the city approaches 600 homicides in 2020 with a quarter of the year still left to go.” What? How many of the last 25 Septembers had: Read more about MMB: Exploiting Crime Statistics[…]

Spielman

MMB: Spielman & Kass #Fail

Why does the Fran Spielman just refuse to cite Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara’s nearly 50 complaints (10 sustained) and multiple suspensions when she quotes him? He has zero credibility on the issue of accountability. The way to communicate that to the public when you quote him is to cite the fact that Read more about MMB: Spielman & Kass #Fail[…]

Abuse

Abuse of Media Covering Protests

In today’s episode we discuss the abuse suffered by credentialed media at the hands of local police forces. While police actions responding to protests have always been called in to question the ferociousness behind the abuse by municipal police departments across the county to local and national news outlets sure seemed different this time around. Read more about Abuse of Media Covering Protests[…]

Justice

Coordinated CPD Media Strategy

On May 15th several mainstream media outlets each published their own interview with CPD Superintendent David Brown in what can only be the result of a coordinated media strategy from the Department. When you review what was published by the various outlets they each make readers / viewers believe the interview was obtained through their Read more about Coordinated CPD Media Strategy[…]

Dashboard

Sun-Times Endorses CPD’s Propaganda Dashboard

The CPD’s Gun Offender dashboard is nothing more than overt propaganda that the Sun-Times Editorial Board, led by editorial page editor Tom McNamee, endorsed. That’s right folks, the Sun-Times didn’t verify the data within the dashboard and hold the CPD accountable for all the data they left out or completely miss-classified but instead they just Read more about Sun-Times Endorses CPD’s Propaganda Dashboard[…]

Felony Arrests

Felony Arrests UP Context Not

The Sun-Times’ article  detailing the rise in felony arrests would serve their readers interests more if the Sun-Times did the reporting necessary to let their audience know the impact it had on crime and violence in Chicago. What readers were provided with instead was a regurgitation of numbers that without the needed context leaves the Read more about Felony Arrests UP Context Not[…]

faux

More Faux CPD Transparency

Fran Spielman, where is the list?  You know real transparency is not the head of the CPD making clout related promotions available just to officers. It needs to be available to the public also. Otherwise we are reliant on journalists like you to get quotes from those opposed and against the promotions and pass that Read more about More Faux CPD Transparency[…]

retread

Sun-Times Rookie Cop Retread

The Sun-Times’ Main and Dumke retread an old story and in the process missed a big opportunity to really shed light on the problem at the heart of the issue. The article “WATCHDOGS: Chicago’s deadliest neighborhoods get greenest cops” covers an issue that is as old as time in Chicago – neighborhoods with high crime Read more about Sun-Times Rookie Cop Retread[…]