Fake Newspapers Are Everywhere and on Both Sides of the Political Divide

From a Jim Warren commentary on chicagotribune.com headlined “Fake newspapers are everywhere and on both sides of the political divide”:

Chicago City Wire looks like many newspaper websites, with stories about the state’s new criminal justice reform law, a local nonprofit shafted by the bankruptcy of the cryptocurrency firm FTX and three headshots of the same smiling columnist.

But it doesn’t smell like a real newspaper. It just smells.

Upon closer inspection, there are four solicitous stories about a suburban Republican legislator, Rep. Brad Stephens of Rosemont. And four pieces about John Kass, a predictably right-wing former Tribune columnist bashing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her claims of declining crime.