Friday, February 6, 2009

Oprah Winfrey, the Chicago Sun-Times' biggest fan, would be its best backer

Phil Rosenthal writes:

In announcing his resignation this month from Sun-Times Media Group as chief executive and publisher of the flagship Chicago Sun-Times, Cyrus Freidheim wouldn't discuss sale scenarios for the company, except to tell his soon-to-be-former paper there have been no discussions with TV host Oprah Winfrey.

Which raises the question: Why not?!

Winfrey, a wealthy Chicagoan who presides over a multimedia empire, has sung the praises of the Sun-Times in recent months with an evangelistic enthusiasm she usually reserves for things like Spanx footless pantyhose, Fox & Obel cookie dough and Dr. Oz.

"I love to check out front pages of newspapers from all over the country and find my favorites, and at least three times during these historic last three months my hometown paper—the Chicago Sun-Times—has been spot on," she said on her daytime show last month, her latest public display of affection for the paper.

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