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Daily Southtown biz story on stripper draws reaction

October 5, 2006

The Daily Southtown, a community newspaper in Chicago owned by the Sun-Times, is being criticized by its readers for a story and a photo about a stripper on the front of its business section recently.One reader stated, “I fail to see why this type of picture (large) had to appear in the Southtown, which I always thought was a family, local newspaper. Is there an explanation, or did you think readers would actually be interested? The Southtown doesn’t need to resort to this type of thing. We enjoy the paper and the local news. You’re not in the Enquirer or Star’s category.”

Bob BongAnother reader told the business editor he should go work for Hustler magazine.

Business editor Bob Bong replied, “The Daily Southtown has been running the pictorial feature called On The Job in Saturday’s Business section for several months. Along the way, we have featured a fortune teller, sewer worker, prison guard and hatmaker among the workers who ply their trades in the Southland. On Saturday, we featured an exotic dancer in a photo portrait that revealed no more than one might see on television and revealed less than what can be seen in many lingerie ads. It just so happens that some jobs are just sexier than others.”

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