Sunday, December 14, 2008

A copycat in the Blagosphere

The artwork dominating the front page today of the Chicago Tribune wasn’t just weird. It was a badly executed knockoff of a clever graphc published a few days earlier in the New York Times.

As you can see from the illustrations below, someone at the Trib superimposed a bar code over a profile of Gov. Rod Blagojevich for a story discussing political corruption in Illinois.

But the arresting image of the recently arrested governor wouldn’t make a lot of sense to a reader who didn’t have the benefit of seeing the original concept four days earlier in the Times. In the original, which accompanied this article, the tiny caption on the bar code says “Illinois Senate Seat.”

As proven in the declining quality of each successive Indiana Jones movie, sequels rarely live up to the original. This was no exception to the rule.


Blogger Micah Choquette said...

Hey, I resent your Indy remark. The third one wasn't that bad, IMO.

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say the Tribune's graphic is better.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what happens when you give radio executives the responsibility of running a newspaper.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Tim A. Donnelly said...

this reminds me of the similar Mad magazine/New Yorker bar code covers. Mad did it to throw off scanners across the country, and I think they alleged the New Yorker copied them.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that the Tribune staff may not be the heroes of the Blagojevich case, but the villains.

Members of Fitzgerald’s team are livid the scheme didn’t advance, at least for a little longer, according to some people close to Fitzgerald’s office. Why? Because had the plot unfolded, they might have had an opportunity most feds can only dream of: A chance to catch the sale of a Senate seat on tape, including the sellers and the buyers.


At Fitzgerald’s request, the paper had been holding back a story since October detailing how a confidante of Blagojevich was cooperating with his office.


But editors decided to publish the story on Friday, Dec. 5, ending the Tribune’s own cooperation deal with the prosecutor.

1:36 PM  
Blogger rknil said...

Designers do a lot of copying these days.

8:15 PM  

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