Chicago Stations Blanket Blagojevich Ruling

By Andrew Gauthier 

Robert Feder

While the jury of Rod Blagojevich‘s peers may have left a lot of people disappointed, Chicagos big five television news organizations performed their duties admirably, blanketing the airwaves with live, compelling and, for the most part, commercial-free coverage for close to three hours Tuesday afternoon.

Starting around 3:50 p.m., when word of a verdict began morphing from rumor to fact, all five stations went wall-to-wall with their news anchors and guest analysts in the studio and many of their top-gun reporters in position at the Dirksen Federal Building. Three of the stations preempted their network newscasts and stayed on until 6:30 p.m., with the Fox and Tribune Co. outlets bowing out a bit earlier. More…