Robert Decherd

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    August 7, 2014

    Is Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez Running One Big Roach Motel?

    Déjà vu, that French term meaning "already seen," the feeling you get that you've been here before, it can be creepy, right? You start investigating your memory to find what it is you're remembering. I got that feeling when I read about Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez's so-called shakeup of to ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    Is the Morning News Just Not Going to Cover the HUD Segregation Story?

    Hey, I think I have waited about long enough for The Dallas Morning News to weigh in on the racial segregation complaint lodged against Dallas by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development in early December. A month. Even allowing for Santa Claus and all, a month seems a bit long for the c ... More >>

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    May 1, 2012

    The Morning News is "Very Satisfied" with Year One of the Paywall. How 'Bout You?

    Yesterday was First-Quarter Earnings Day for Dallas Morning News parent A.H. Belo, or as we call it in the newspaper business, So How Many of Us Are Getting Whacked on Christmas Day? Day. The news was pretty predictable: Total first-quarter revenue was $105 million, down 7 percent over last year. ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Why the News Took Seven Months to Run its Kern Wildenthal Expose, and Why That's OK

    There was a day when I might have come up laughing at the big investigative package in yesterday's Dallas Morning News on University of Texas Southwestern Medical School ex-president Kern Wildenthal and his expense account madness. It's not just that the News "buried the lede," as we say in the ne ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Spend 20th Anniversary of Times Herald's Demise With Von Erichs, Dabney Coleman

    I asked Schutze yesterday: "You know what tomorrow is?" His response: "Um, Thursday?" Well, yes, that -- and the 20th anniversary of the death of the Dallas Times Herald, which was bought by The Dallas Morning News on December 8, 1991, for $55 million, and then shuttered after 103 years in existence ... More >>

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    August 24, 2010

    The More Things Change: Yesterday's Council Walkout Brings Back Fond (?) Memories

    ​Fine print alert! When Mayor Tom Leppert tells you that yesterday's agenda item vote on the city tax rate didn't mean anything, he's got his hand deep in your pocket. It may be fine print, but ask Leppert why the vote was required by state law if it didn't mean anything. Yesterday's council walko ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    The Deck Park Will Serve Booze, Getting the Lead out of Belo Garden and a New Tennis Pro Shop at Samuell-Grand

    ​Still no news about that alleged concert at the Cotton Bowl, but I did learn the following from glancing at the Park and Rec meeting agenda for this week:Park and Rec is in the process of executing concession contracts with the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation that will allow for the sale of alcoh ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Look, Briefing Does Not Suck, K?

    ​So says Editor & Publisher in its just-published list of "10 That Do It Right." A.H. Belo biggest wig Robert Decherd has long maintained the free, miniature Morning News is a money-maker, not merely a trash-generator. (Though, admittedly, my folks got a copy last week that wound up much close ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    The Butterscotch Stallion's Faithful Sidekick and Other Famous Faces' Doggone Book

    Owen Wilson, from the forthcoming book Top Dogs and Their Pets​Current Dallas Morning News photographer David Woo and former Dallas Morning News photographer Richard Pruitt have been moonlighting on a side project: a coffee-table book titled Top Dogs and Their Pets, proceeds from which toward resc ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Yes, But Do They Get Briefing?

    You'd think with A.H. Belo's ongoing fiscal woes that Robert Decherd hisself would make every effort to get The Dallas Morning News to folks who actually want home delivery. Alas, not so much, says Laura Bush in an interview set to air this evening on ABC's World News with Charles Gibson:"The only t ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009
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    December 9, 2008

    Bill Murchison Says News Has Lost Its "Personality, Spirit and Flavor"

    In the latest issue of The Weekly Standard, former Dallas Morning News columnist William Murchison reviews Judith Garrett Segura's Belo: From Newspapers to New Media, published in September by the University of Texas Press. (Segura worked at the paper from 1981 till 2004, and she was, among other th ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    If I Read My Patents Correctly, CueCat Inventor Just Repatented CueCat?

    Jovan! Don't call it a comeback, he's been here for years, rockin' his peers and puttin' suckas in fear. Philyaw's the name. Jeffry Jovan Philyaw -- the man of the hour, tower of power ready to devour yet again with a whatsit whose description sounds vaguely like his CueCat, the bar-code scanner for ... More >>

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    February 4, 2008

    Standard & Poor's A Little Concerned About A.H. Belo Spin-Off

    A. H. Belo Corporation, the newspaper-biz spin-off of Belo Corp., is expected to make its bow as a publicly traded company at week's end -- and while Robert Decherd's thrilled with The Dallas Morning News' "new" parent company, others ain't as convinced. Comes word today that Standard & Poor's Ratin ... More >>

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    October 25, 2007
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    October 15, 2007

    "Flooded with Misinformation"? Damn Right.

    When will it end? Yesterday The Dallas Morning News belched out two more platefuls of tripe in its endless buffet of Trinity River toll road propaganda. The first was a story about ownership of the land along the Trinity, the headline of which should have been “Not Us.” You had to read way down ... More >>

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    June 19, 2007
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    May 2, 2007

    Laura Miller and Alex Krieger Are "Astounded" and "Outraged."

    Harvard's Alex Krieger insists Jim Schutze and Angela Hunt have distorted the meaning of his original e-mail to Mayor Laura Miller. From: Laura Miller To: Bill Eager, Alex Krieger CC: David Webb, Robert Wilonsky, Dave Levinthal, Colleen Nelson, Keven Ann Willey, Trey Garrison, Craig Holcomb, Gail ... More >>

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    April 26, 2007
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    April 17, 2007

    Belo Stock on the Rise. Why? Y-A-H-O-O?

    Robert Decherd, looking happy -- seriously Yesterday, we posted the nutty -- by which we mean, totally credible and completely reasonable -- press release from Dallas-based Life Media Network International, in wihch it said it's planning by year's end "to acquire major media assets and companies," ... More >>

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    March 5, 2007

    No Matter How Many Would-Be Mayors Are in the Soup, the Recipe's Always the Same

    If nothing else, Tom Leppert's a front-runner in the mayoral mailings, of which we've received more than a few. Sunday saw a major effort by Gromer Jeffers in The Dallas Morning News to slice and dice the very confusing mayoral race in Dallas. Of course, Jeffers neglected to raise the question -- ma ... More >>

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    November 3, 2006

    Look Out, Belo. Your Redesign Sucks.

    It's easy to pick on The Dallas Morning News--and, ya know, it's kind of our job. Has been ever since BeloWatch way back in the late, oh, 1960s, was it? I had no intention of logging in early this a.m. and taking potshots at its new Web site. Who are we to talk, right? The Observer's site is as bulk ... More >>

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    September 18, 2006


    Former GuideLive editor Rick Holter has begun a blog. I still don't understand why journalists do that when they don't have bosses forcing them to. Anyone starting to notice the irony yet? Smells a little like...uh...bacon. By which I mean, for months Belo management has been insisting its buyouts a ... More >>

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    September 17, 2006

    Man Bites Dog

    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 >>

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    August 30, 2006

    Buy Belo. Or: Bye, Belo.

    Today's the day The Dallas Morning News sets its "voluntary" buyout list: Staffers have till 5:30 p.m. to withdraw their acceptances, which some folks have done and others are contemplating as the end draws near. But there's at least one person in this world high on Belo, and his name ain't Robert D ... More >>

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    July 20, 2006

    Note to DMN'ers: Keep Waiting.

    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 >>

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    June 23, 2006

    Dallas Morning Blues

    The good Friends of Unfair Park over at FrontBurner have been on the news from the News this afternoon that buyouts-layoffs are forthcoming; sorry, but we've been seeing Superman Returns, because some of us are film critics in our spare time. But we too have learned that this afternoon, Belo bosses ... More >>

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    May 8, 2006
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    April 19, 2006

    Can't Spell "Below Expectations" Without Belo

    Tomorrow morning, Belo Corp. will announce its first-quarter results, and at least one person on the street (OK, doesn't think the news for News' owner is gonna be good. How could it, asks Sandy Brown, when: "The owner of the Dallas Morning News and regional TV and newspaper assets ... More >>

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    March 15, 2006

    You Can't Spell "Below Expectations" Without Belo

    The underperforming stock of the Belo Corp., owners of The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-Channel 8, is getting much attention today; see here and here for commentary from those who know about such things. Both stories contain this quote from Belo chairman Robert Decherd: "The advertising market has b ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2005

    No Pants Belo

    Morning News looks goofy on the circ fraud story

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    March 24, 2005

    Pre-emptive Spin

    AJR article has News crew feeling apprehensive

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    January 20, 2005

    The Juice

    If you got it, you can get what you want from City Hall

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    September 30, 2004

    Up With Fascism!

    Maybe it's the only way to save downtown

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    August 19, 2004

    Odds and Not Quite Ends

    More on the DMN's circulation scandal

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    June 3, 2004

    Still Sacred

    Morning News avoids the holy trinity

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    June 26, 2003

    Tin Giant

    Let Belo buy every station in the country--makes my job easier

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    May 29, 2003

    The Observer Regrets...

    Making amends for past wrongs

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    May 22, 2003


    Mary Poss sure stepped in some, didn't she?

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    February 13, 2003

    Snooze Alarm

    What will The Dallas Morning News look like when you wake up in 2010? If Editor Bob Mong has his way, it'll be the best damn paper the 'burbs will buy.

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    December 19, 2002

    Drug-free in '03!

    And 149 other things I swear I'll do next year

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    October 31, 2002

    Citizen Decherd

    Bobby D puts his complaints in writing

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    October 26, 2000

    Belo Blues

    What does Mark Cuban have that Belo doesn't? Money. Lots and lots of money.

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    May 15, 1997
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    December 5, 1996
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    March 14, 1996
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    February 15, 1996
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    January 11, 1996
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    October 26, 1995

    Judge, not?

    Dallas attorney Cheryl Wattley's nomination for the federal bench is in limbo

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    October 19, 1995
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