Poll: Will Mariotti “Flat-Out” Never Work For Trib?

After the obligatory round of hedged denials yesterday tendered to outflanked Chicago print media observers over my report that Jay Mariotti will soon join the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, I thought I’d throw up a poll to find out what readers think:

Will Jay Mariotti ‘Flat-Out’ Never Work For The Tribune Company?

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Chicago Daily Herald Airs Mariotti Tribune Pathetic Denials

I never thought I’d see Chicago print media members taking Mariotti’s side on anything. But after getting beaten to the story of his local comeback, it appears that’s what’s happened - for now.

Mariotti Issues Limp Denial, Hasn’t ‘Finalized’ Deal

In response to my report last night on Jay Mariotti joining the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, Ted Cox of Chicagoland’s DAILY HERALD has this wonderfully inappropriate, hyperbolic headline:

Chicago Daily Herald Airs Mariotti Tribune Pathetic Denials

(The commenters on the story aren’t buying the FLAT-OUT!!! denials, either)

If you were to read the headline, and not Jay Mariotti’s accompanying comments in Cox’s piece, you would think there’s FLAT-OUT!!! no way Mariotti will be joining the Trib staff when his non-compete with the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES expires.

One problem though, Mariotti did not deny to Cox that he will be joining the Tribune.

Not even close.

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