Oh, I swore I wasn't going to respond to the stuff yesterday by Tod Robberson on The Dallas Morning News opinion blog yesterday, but now "Wylie H Dallas," the scarily well-informed omnipresent pseudonymous blog commenter, has got me all stirred up. This morning he posted an old Steve Blow column f ... More >>
The photo tell the story. Not all of it, maybe but enough. A mangled baby stroller abandoned in the middle of a six-lane intersection. A few feet away, a weathered pickup has stopped sprawled half across the curb. Yellow police tape twists in the foreground. The scene is Cooper Street and Californi ... More >>
There he was again yesterday commenting on my thing here about the convention center hotel, Wylie H., the city's smartest best informed and most mysterious commenter, and all I could think of was how badly I want to see him exposed. Wait. Why would I want to see Wylie H. exposed? How would that hel ... More >>
The paper will protect commenters' privacy if it likes what they say.
Oh, I guess we had some fun Saturday on the KNON radio version of "Get Off My Lawn," a program I have been sharing every Saturday at 10 a.m. with political consultant and D Magazine columnist Eric Celeste. We took an on-air call from the elusive pseudonymous Dallas blog commenter, Wylie H., who was ... More >>
Why can't one of Dallas' oldest (and coolest) performance groups get a date with the Arts District?
Perhaps you've heard by now: the Morning News reports that negotiations "have all but broken down" between the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System, who own the neighboring Museum Tower, which its critics say is really lighting up the neighborhood. But a statement ... More >>
Not much sleep last night. Wide awake at 4 a.m., hiding beneath the sheets. A pretty sad state of affairs when a fellow of my years has to hide under his own bedding to avoid being bitten in the face by a dog. But there you have it. Rescue dogs. Two of them. It's how my wife and I handle things. I ... More >>
Quite a bit of chest-puffing harrumphing holier-than-thou going on over at The Dallas Morning News editorial page today, with a self-congratulatory ditty about that dirty Rupert Murdoch, about those nasty dirty Brit tabloids and about how happy the News is with itself for being ... well ... y ... More >>
Dallas Morning News managing editor George Rodrigue has lambasted me in his most recent "Ask the Editor" column for having lambasted the News in a column here two weeks ago. Now I have to lambaste him back. Whole lotta lambastin' goin' on. Anyway, I share with you this open letter I am sendi ... More >>
Dallas Area Rapid Transit said yesterday that "for the third consecutive year more than nine out of ten Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) customers report overall satisfaction with the agency." Most riders surveyed believe the trains and buses run on time and as scheduled, are plenty safe and bett ... More >>
If nothing else, the paper version of Unfair Park has a most devoted reader in one George Rodrigue, the Dallas Morning News managing editor who, yet again, tears himself from the ads in the back of the Dallas Observer just long enough to read Schutze. As Jim's out of the office today -- he's decided ... More >>
Yesterday Dallas Morning News managing editor George Rodrigue took issue with my April 1 column in which I took issue with his attack on the Dallas Observer last month. At this point, I'm sure it would be better for everybody if George and I were locked in a sound-proofed room with Nerf swords and a ... More >>
George RodrigueDallas Morning News Managing Editor George Rodrigue just posted his latest "Ask the Editor" column. And, even though nobody asked -- we are soooooo blushing right now -- it's mostly about the Dallas Observer, otherwise known as "a sexually oriented weekly tabloid," which sounds signif ... More >>
Word out of 508 Young Street is that George Rodrigue, Dallas Morning News managing editor, has informed the staff of Dallas's Only Daily that it's fired up the presses this afternoon for a special reprinting of today's paper, which is apparently historic or something? Turns out, folks have been stre ... More >>
Rodrigue's dog is blue...and chatty too
So, a couple of items down below, I wrote about a story posted on The Dallas Morning News' Web site, which says the North Texas Tollway Authority is about to bill Dallas an extra $1.54 million for design of the Trinity River toll road. I suggested it might be about time for Morning News managing edi ... More >>
Apologies to the civilians in the room. I need to speak directly to the bloodhounds at The Dallas Morning News. Please excuse us while we engage in a bit of canine shop talk, just among us ink-stained wretches. Your managing editor, George Rodrigue, posted a rebuttal this afternoon to an item I wro ... More >>
Wow. Now this takes a little bit of work to follow, but I think it’s worth it. And here is where we are headed: First, The Dallas Morning News hides the ball. Then, to cover themselves, they show the ball -- very briefly, sort of a sneak peek. But now -- and this is the wow part for me -- they hav ... More >>
One thing that’s so wrong with blogging is that you have to do it so fast. I am literally grabbing a cup of coffee between appointments today, but I can’t let George Rodrigue’s new post on The Dallas Morning News' Web site go unanswered until tomorrow. Many things to get to. First: I said the ... More >>
Dallas Morning News managing editor George Rodrigue just accused you of "lunacy." Called you a "polemicist." Says you "demonize." Insists you are "no longer acting as a journalist." And he just hates my headline. Says it wasn't "civil." Oh, why do I get the feeling George Rodrigue ain't seen nothing ... More >>
Moments ago on The Dallas Morning News' Web page, the paper's managing editor, George Rodrigue, posted a long criticism of my work in which he accuses me repeatedly of being a polemicist. According to my copy of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, that would make me a writer of controversial, agg ... More >>
Craig Flournoy and Tracy Everbach's highly critical Dallas Morning News review in the Columbia Journalism Review, first mentioned here Thursday, has prompted a response from the paper's Big Bosses, editor Bob Mong and publisher and chief executive officer Jim Moroney. Unfair Park was forwarded a mem ... More >>
Ed Bark says of Belo bossman Robert Decherd: "Many veteran employees at the newspaper have never even seen him. He's not known as much of a 'people person.'" Uh, Ed, we're still not sure he's a real person. Turns out, his bite is worse than his Bark. That's Ed Bark, by the way, officially the former ... More >>
There is a very good explanation as to why so many arts critics are leaving The Dallas Morning News--or, at the very least, accepting the paper's buyout offer, which they have till 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to withdraw. They were told to go by editor Bob Mong and vice president-managing editor George Rodr ... More >>
On Wednesday, Dallas Morning News staffers could begin accepting the newspaper's buyout offers, and they did so in droves; some 80 staffers have taken the parting gift, among them some high-profile arts critics, reporters and editors. They've been named here and here, but those lists aren't necessar ... More >>
We just received a memo sent to Dallas Morning News staffers yesterday regarding the upcoming shake-up in the newsroom. As we noted here last week, the paper's about to lose some 50-60 employees in the coming days, some likely from GuideLive, not two years after Belo Corp. axed 250 workers at Dallas ... More >>
Dallas Morning News editor Bob Mong Jr. says there has been no "definitive" decision made concerning impending layoffs buyouts at Dallas' Only Daily. Over the last two days, I've heard from a number of sources, none of whom are mentioned in this post, that Belo Corp. management has decided to ditch ... More >>
Morning News waits and waits to acknowledge CBS-11's scoop of an ethically challenged state rep
Man. Now everybody's calling everybody a racist.
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