Hey, someone bought the City Paper, so now it's poised to become like the sort of crap New Times Media excretes on the sidewalk, but a whole lot lamer. Apparently, some company called Creative Loafing (for some reason) decided to purchase the City Paper and the Chicago Reader, presumably on some poorly thought out drunken dare. According to what we've read, the sage geniuses will opt to make the mistake of retaining the current editorial staff while moving large parts of the City Paper's operation to Atlanta and/or (ugh!) Tampa, Florida.
The news came just days after Washington celebrated this press release celebrating the ascension of Mike DeBonis to the Loose Lips column, which established a new land speed record for outright, disbelief-defying hyperbole:
[DeBonis] is an incredible stickler for facts; he can write like there's no tomorrow; he loves the Web and knows it inside and out; and he loves to report and report and report, which is the essence of this paper. He will preside over an awesome period of political coverage by WCP, perhaps unparalleled in the entire country.We don't know much about Creative Loafing, but their websites are pretty decent and would be an improved model for the City Paper, even after the CP's decent redesign, which took their website boldly into an age in which it was actually superior to shoving a broomhandle inside a broken CRT. One thing's for sure, it sure makes all that talk from the fools at Late Night Shots a little empty--their bankroll braggadoccio means nothing when you can't outspend a gaggle of alt-culture mavens from Tampa, Florida. Jesus.
Over at the Chicago Reader, who own the CP, the word is that the news of the sale has the staff "discombobulated." There's no indication whether this agita extends to Reader executive editor and noted fussy-britches Michael Lenehan, but, if the deal puts his knickers in a tighter twist than usual, he can always make good on his threat of a year-and-a-half ago, and take his "yearlong journalism strike," which the rest of the nation will note as one more year of not being aware of his existence.
At any rate, we welcome our new conquering alt-weekly overlords. May the cullings be quick, brutal, and bypass the three or so people we think are worth keeping.