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:
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.
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:
(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.