Chicago 7 lawyer William Kunstler in 1994: That trial ‘changed me totally'

Friday, October 16, 2020

Prepping to watch The Trial of the Chicago 7 on Netflix, I revisited my Sept. 16, 1994, interview with The 7’s defense lawyer, William Kunstler, who told me then that the trial “changed me totally. …

“I never knew what it was to really fight until I watched Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Dave Dellinger, Hayden and so on fight in a courtroom—do things that would make the jury understand that they were being persecuted: Bringing in a birthday cake for Bobby Seale, a Viet Cong flag on their table, standing out and protesting the binding and gagging of Bobby Seale in the courtroom.

“There were so many things they did that showed they were fighting—they weren’t gonna sit there like bumps on a log and be railroaded.

“And the net result was they won.”

I realized I never shared this file to this blog and the accompanying podcast series. So here you go.

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What is Meyerson Strategy?

Monday, October 12, 2020
Meyerson Strategy is intelligence gained from more than two decades watching audience behavior, often minute-by-minute, at some of Chicago’s most prominent digital news operations—including the Chicago Tribune.

Meyerson Strategy is insight built on decades in radio—where the mantra “Don’t be a tuneout” is baked into every story. Radio has fought tuneout almost from its inception. Now, when every organization finds its competition just a click away, “being a tuneout” is something no organization can afford.

Meyerson Strategy is innovation, honed on the startup frontier.

Meyerson Strategy is training, based on years of college lecturing and business consulting (American Bar Association, Crain Communications, Northwestern University, American Institutes for Research, Boeing Co., Direct Energy, Inside.com, The Brief Lab, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and more).

Is your email newsletter going unopened? Is your website unvisited? Are your Facebook posts unshared? Is your podcast falling flat? Is your staff daunted by audience metrics? Meyerson Strategy will work for you.


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A major professional organization, concerned its content wasn’t delivering the audience it could, asked for help. Meyerson Strategy gathered available analytics and then dissected subject lines, Web headlines and layout, social media performance, podcast structure and metrics.

That analysis demonstrated what was connecting and what wasn’t—and how to use insights from the one to improve performance of the other.

Outcome: Five successive months—and 10 of the following 12 months—of record pageviews for a site that previously hadn’t seen two successive record months. The owner of the company that helped develop the site calls the results “astonishing.”

Meyerson Strategy is about connecting great work with growing audiences—at the speed of news.

What is Meyerson Strategy? In a word: “Astonishing.”

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My hopes for journalism by 2030

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Invited by my friend and University of Nebraska Omaha Professor Jeremy Harris Lipschultz* to address the UNO Social Media Lab’s #Omaha2020 conference—assembled virtually today to predict the future of the news business over the next decade—I declined.

Events of the last four years in particular have dissuaded me from making predictions. 

Instead, I shared my hopes for the future of the news business—adapted in part from a January piece I filed for Newcity.

Got five minutes to spare? Here you go.


* To whose book, Social Media Communication, I’ve been honored to contribute through several editions.

Charlie Meyerson interviewed … about Charlie Meyerson

Sunday, September 6, 2020
This hasn’t happened much in my career, most of which I’ve devoted to profiling people far more interesting than I am.

But, twice in less than two weeks, I was honored to be interviewed about journalism, politics, radio, the origins of Chicago Public Square and my personal journey:

On Friday, I was a guest on Chicago Reader columnist Ben Joravsky’s podcast—and that was just seven days after Matt Baron had grilled me for the Common Ground Oak Park podcast.

So here, in the Charlie Meyerson interviews series, is—for lack of a better phrase—Charlie Meyerson interviewed …



… and Charlie Meyerson interviewed again.



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