By Jim Schutze
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Blathersphere:Grab that stickin' fork, cue the fat lady: The Dallas Morning News' Metro columnists are now bloggers. The blogging fad is just about done. By the time conservative, creaky, daily newspapers jump on a trend, the trend usually has passed its expiration date. Those cavalry troops that charged machine guns in World War I? They were led by former newspaper editors.
Of course, the Dallas Observer's Unfair Park blog is only a couple of months old, so we weren't leading the pack. Still, we can't help but grin at the name of the News' Metro columnists' blog. Steve Blow, Jacquielynn Floyd, James Ragland et al. are--cue the Mission: Impossible theme--Bold Types! If unintended irony were pennies, the Morning News could buy Wal-Mart.
Here's a sample of some of the boldness taking place at Belo-land, from Ragland:
"Just got off the phone with 'Pam, No. 3' at Norma's Cafe, the Oak Cliff joint that served down-home food Monday at 1956 prices. I wanted to go by and get one of those chicken-fried steak platters for 95 cents..."
Whoa now, hoss. Let's not go crazywith the bold.
How has the Observer's Unfair Park blog rattled the city, you ask? That's not the point. The point is this: Buzz hates blogs, particularly media blogs. They're filled with all the news not fit for print. They're a place where writers go when reporting is just too hard.
They're cutting into Buzz's turf.
Speaking of reporting being too hard, both Unfair Park and Bold Types spent a good while chewing over a News report that Mayor Laura Miller briefly owned American Airlines stock, even though she's a member of the DFW airport board. That would be a conflict of interest. Too bad the News neglected to mention in its first story that the board didn't meet while Miller's family owned the stock. That's a large omission in a story about a potential conflict of interest, but Metro columnist Sherry Jacobson defended the story in a column that blamed the mayor for not phoning the reporter. (A bold but dumb stance.) Anyway, we blogged it. They blogged it. It was media folk talking ceaselessly amongst themselves about the work of a reporter who blogged not at all. Is this the sort of blather that could spell the end of blogs?
Let us pray, and then blogs can go back to what they should be: teenagers and college students talking about sex and music.