There are many times when I feel like the scarcrow in the Wizard of Oz, pointing one way, then the other way. (For instance, on wearing casual clothes to work, I believe strongly in both positions.) After arguing vehemently, at length, and probably pointlessly, that it's not the media's fault, I have evidence that it IS the media's fault.
Look at today's New York Times food section (I did not link as registration is required). Very prominent, is a story about a new "dessert bar", Sugar, running wild on the Chicago food scene. The story is written not as much from a press release, and certainly not just as a review, but as actual dispatch from something on the leading edge.
And what does the Chicago Tribune do with their weekly "cheap eats" space? Well, they throw a two star review at a half-hearted attempt at southern food that has existed in River North for many, many years. Of course it is hard to drum up interest locally when that is where you focus your attention.
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