Kid Loses Lunch, Journalist Loses Her Career

Paige Wiser ousted as Chicago Sun-Times TV critic
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2011 1:45 PM CDT

(Newser) – Paige Wiser lost the job she’d held for 17 years at the Chicago Sun-Times … and all because of a vomiting child. Wiser was fired as the paper’s TV critic because her "Glee Live!" concert review, published Sunday but since pulled from the website, described a song that wasn’t performed and another Wiser didn’t see. She explains, and apologizes, as recounted by the Chicago Tribune and Time Out Chicago: She brought her two young kids with her to Friday’s show, but left after her son fell off a chair and her daughter started throwing up into a cotton-candy bag—just 13 songs into the concert.

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She got commentary on the encore, which she didn’t see, from information on previous shows. "I'd like to think it wouldn't have been part of my thought process if it hadn't been 1am and I was just trying to get the story done," said Wiser. "Trying to do this with the kids and a three-hour commute, and when every editor wants something different, let’s just say it’s become a very strange place. And because there’s not a lot of people with kids at the paper, I’m a little sensitive about coming across like I can’t do it because of my kids.” Gawker is having fun with it. (Read more journalism stories.)

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