From Phil Rosenthal's column in today's
[Tribune Media Services] plans to sell and distribute a version of Arianna Huffington's celebrity blog, HuffingtonPost.com, set to debut online next month, showcasing a stable of big names from Hollywood, New York and beyond.Also from today's Chicago Tribune, the flagship of the "higher order and more useful" Tribune media empire:
The major distinction from what's available online is that the syndicated version will be copy-edited and fact-checked, raising the issue of whether an edited blog is still a blog at all.
"I had urged Arianna to find a different description," [John C. Twohey, vice president of editorial and operations for Tribune Media Services] said. "As soon as there's editorial intervention, you've got something else, which to me is of a higher order and more useful."
I sure hope that Tribune Media Services' John Twohey develops a different description for HuffingtonPost.com.
At first, Frank Calabrese thought Tuesday's front-page Tribune story was simply another article about the mobster who shares his name.
Then he turned to page 18.
There, in black-and-white, was his own picture in a graphic titled "Infrastructure of a Chicago mob."
Calabrese, a longtime Chicago businessman and horse owner who has no mob ties, could barely believe his eyes.
"I opened it up and I said, 'God, what am I doing in the paper?'" Calabrese, 76, said Tuesday. "It's aggravating. People assume things."
Tribune editors said they had intended to run a head shot of Frank Calabrese Sr., 68, a convicted mobster who is in prison on a 1997 conviction for using violence to collect several million dollars in "juice" loans. ***
Frank Calabrese the businessman did nothing wrong, but on Tuesday was paying the price because he has the same name and the newspaper made a mistake. ***
Frank Calabrese said he has never met the mobster who shares his name. ***
"It's just upsetting," he said. "I have voice mails from people calling me who were my customers asking me what's happening. Is that you?"
We wouldn't want such "higher order and more useful" publishing associated with the good name of blogging.