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  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    Armed Robbers Are Targeting Northwest Dallas "Massage" Parlors

    If The Dallas Morning News' brief account of the Monday morning robbery of Hometown Day Spa left you a bit confused, you're forgiven. Two armed men walk in and credibly pass themselves off as customers for several minutes as they plot their heist? The answer, as always, can be found on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    A Man Is Responsible For Wendy Davis' Success, DMN Story Timidly Suggests

    The Dallas Morning News clearly wanted to publish a story reporting that Wendy Davis exaggerated about growing up poor while raising kids on her own. That's plain by the title of its big feature on the Sunday front page: "As Wendy Davis touts life story in race for governor, key facts blurred." Sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    DMN: Jameis Winston May Have Raped a Girl, But At Least He Wasn't Lynched

    Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy this weekend, just over a week after the Florida state attorney announced that state would not be pressing charges against him in connection with an alleged rape. On Friday, The Dallas Morning News' Tim Cowlishaw penned a co ... More >>

  • News

    July 19, 2012
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    September 29, 2011

    Whitt's End

    After six great years at the Dallas Observer, they're dragging me out kicking, screaming and, yes, grateful.

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Because There's Nothing More Awkward and Adorable Than Celebs Taking Photos With Pets

    Back in July we noted that current Dallas Morning News photographer David Woo and former News photographer Richard Pruitt collaborated on a side project due on coffee tables in November: a tome titled Top Dogs and Their Pets, proceeds from which toward rescuing, rehabbing and re-housing abused puppi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    A.H. Belo Revenue Drops, But Stock Price Still Rising; Local TV Talks ESPN Comin' to Town

    ​Two media matters this morning, beginning with A.H. Belo releasing its second-quarter numbers: "Advertising revenue, including print and Internet revenue, was down 30.2 percent, due to declines in retail, general and classified revenues in all AHC markets." The press release has all the stats con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Court of Appeals Tosses Out News's "Significant Victory" Over the City in 2007

    Years later, a fight between the city and The News over Laura Miller's BlackBerry continues in court.Three years ago, The Dallas Morning News took the city of Dallas to court over e-mails reporters Dave Levinthal and Reese Dunklin had wanted from then-Mayor Laura Miller's BlackBerry. The city conten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    "Content Matters."

    David Simon, sitting to the left of Dallas Morning News publisher Jim Moroney at today's Senate subcommittee hearing on "The Future of Journalism," edited his prepared testimony. The creator of The Wire left out the part about how, when a newspaper exec complains about how technology is the sole rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Belo Will "Continue to Focus on Expense Reductions and Operational Realignment"

    Weeks after completing its latest round of penny-saving layoffs, which were preceded by pay cuts and benefits trims, A.H. Belo this morning reported its first-quarter '09 results -- and they are significant. The publisher of The Dallas Morning News reports a first quarter net loss of $103.1 millio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Food For Thought 4.15.09

    "Are the people who seek to restrict the use of tobacco everywhere--and for everyone--the same people who seek to promote the use of marijuana?" (Leonard Welsh of Plano, as quoted by the Dallas Morning News. Not sure if they are the same people, but the generation responsible for such restrictions-- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Speaking of Former Dallas Journalists ...

    ... a Friend of Unfair Park directs our attention to D.L. Hughley's interview with ex-Dallas Morning News-er Michael Precker, whose move to The Lodge was mentioned twice last week in the Wall Street Journal. Precker now has a new nickname: "The Wolf Blitzer of Thongs."Embedded video from CNN Video

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Food For Thought 2.10.09

    "They still use those names--Colchester, Whitstable, Belon--but those places don't really produce many oysters anymore. Which means there's some creative marketing going on." (Robb Walsh, as quoted by Joyce Saenz Harris in the Dallas Morning News, discussing the importance of place of origin in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Morning News Publisher Discusses the "Unfortunate Coincidence" of Belo Bonuses and Charging for Online Content

    On Friday, A.H. Belo Corporation announced that it would, yet again, lay off about 500 more workers at all of its properties, among them The Dallas Morning News and The Providence Journal. At the same time, Belo managers, in the newspaper group and in the corporate offices, were receiving bonuses pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Coming Feb. 1: The Dallas/Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram

    Known it for a while, but yesterday the head honchos at our two local dailies made it official: Beginning next month the newspaper sports war competition is over. The former rivals are now shaking hands, sharing headlines. It's happening all over the place, with even super powers like the Washington ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Dallas' Only Daily: The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper

    Once upon a time, ours was a three sports-page town. There were enough readers - enough advertisers - for the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald and Fort Worth Star-Telegram to not only survive, but thrive. Shoot, one of my first jobs at the FWS-T in the late '80s was to re-write the head ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Angela Hunt Tells The News Where to Stick Its New Year's Eve Advice

    On her blog this morning, city council member Angela Hunt responds to The Dallas Morning News's New Year's Eve editorial "Texans to Watch in 2009," in which it was suggested that Hunt start playing well with others if she wants "a more prized seat at the horseshoe." She appreciates the advice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    Dueling Critics

    Last week a reader commented on the impression, shared by many, that Dallas Observer (that's us) reviews tend to follow Dallas Morning News (them) pieces by a week or two. For instance, their Bill Addison tore into Pyramid on November 21. We did the same in the December 4 issue. He scoped out Bolsa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Crazy Like a Fox, or: KDFW, KXAS to Slowly Merge Into the Same Station

    ... Fox! So, last week it was The Dallas Morning News and Star-Telegram trying to figure out how to share a sleeping bag. Today, it's Fox and NBC -- not the networks themselves (not yet), but the local affiliates owned and operated by the networks, which would indeed include KDFW-Channel 4 and KXAS- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    So, What, It's Now The Dallas-Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram News?

    A Friend of Unfair Park sends along this story out of Fort Worth concerning the Star-Telegram's likely collaboration with rival The Dallas Morning News. Says Startlegram exec editor Jim Witt: "There is absolutely no intention of diluting the powerful individual brands of these two papers. We just wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    We've Been Briefing-ed!

    Our neighborhood was trashed overnight as dozens of A.H. Belo's Briefings were dumped along the curbs and into the streets like it was some kind of prank. As you can see in the photo, I sorta, kinda got two of the freebies intended for non-Dallas Morning News subscribers -- even though I take the pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    Extra! Extra! Extra Copies!

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    TV That's Enviromentally Friendly and Kosher for Passover

    In case you were looking for him -- and we weren't, maybe that was BeloWatch -- Burl Osborne has resurfaced. You 'member him -- former publisher and editor of The Dallas Morning News? Turns out, he's now chairing the "editorial oversight board" of something called, which right now appe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    The New-Look News: Bright Colors! Big Type! Fewer Words!

    So much to say about the new-look Dallas Morning News, which has apparently been redesigned for old people (bigger type!) and 7-year-olds ("We've added color"!). But not to leave out the big-screen owner, in the, ah, "reader's guide" found on Page 10A of the paper there's this note concerning the al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008
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    December 14, 2007

    Maybe It's All Those Pop-Up Ads, Y'Think?

    According to Editor & Publisher, folks ain't spending a lot of time trolling The Dallas Morning News' Web site. And the number's dropping precipitously, at least when Nielsen compared November 2007 to November 2006 -- down 18.5 percent, which ain't as much as USA Today's 27.8 percent free fall, but, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    Sorry, Rest of Dallas, Your Name is Not on the Guest List

    Mazel tov, Harry Hunsicker, you're one of the 6,400 most powerful people in Dallas! Finishing up some work tonight, and I just checked The Dallas Morning News' site for any late-breaking. Came across tomorrow's no-doubt front-page Dallas Morning News piece about UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dal ... More >>

  • News

    November 8, 2007

    Sweet/Sour Grapes on Trinity Referendum Results

    I'm either happy, sad or still churning out column inches on the Trinity, depending on how things turned out

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2007

    The Polemicist

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007

    Stop the Presses! They're Too Cheap!

    A Friend of Unfair Park sends us a fascinating story involving a Seattle-based law firm specializing in international affairs, a Japanese-based maker of printing presses, The Dallas Morning News, the illegal sale of printing presses, and a $19-million dollar settlement last month in a malpractice su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2007

    CJR to DMN: You Kinda Suck

    Yesterday morning, I found in my in-box this Columbia Journalism Review story about The Dallas Morning News -- specifically, about the state o' Dallas' Only Daily in the wake of the 2004 and '06 layoffs that reduced the newsroom staff by 30 percent. The piece -- penned by former News-ers turned loca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2007

    Little Boxes

    Since December, the city's been contemplating an ordinance that would "ban distribution boxes not conforming to rigid standards for size, color and material." Looks like it's about to happen -- thank God too, because newspaper boxes are all that stands between a shithole and a class act. But you kno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2007

    Aw, Your BlackBerry Doesn't Work?

    If you don't own a BlackBerry, well, you probably don't care that some 8 million users worldwide are having big problems with their devices, oh, right about now -- with no fix in the foreseeable future. (Update: Service is back up. Whew.) To me, frankly, the most interesting thing about this story f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2007
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    March 27, 2007

    Jim Schutze Makes You Think

    We'll likely be taking off from noon till 1 p.m. tomorrow, as we huddle 'round the radio to enjoy the first hour of Think on KERA-FM (90.1). Why come? Because our own Jim Schutze will join host Krys Boyd and The Dallas Morning News' Dave Levinthal to discuss the Dallas mayoral election, that's why c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2006
  • Blogs

    September 19, 2006

    Shalom, Jerome

    Since Dallas Morning News management refused to publish book critic Jerome Weeks' farewell column last week--he was among the 111 who took the paper's buyout, about which we can find little else to say at this late date--it has been posted today on Critical Mass, billed as "the blog of the national ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2006

    High Cotton

    Pat Cotton has hired Dallas lawyer James Murphy to sue The Dallas Morning News and political reporter Gromer Jeffers over quotes Cotton says she never said. On September 6, in a story that appeared in the paper that was republished online, Jeffers quoted Cotton as threatening to "destroy" city counc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2006

    Been Good to Know You

    I guess I normally read the paper with two hats on. One is the sort of media critic hat, because I'm in the business, and I'm here at the Dallas Observer where we beat up on the mainstream media a lot. And they deserve it. But the other one is my just-a-reader hat. I just read the paper. I'm of a ce ... More >>

  • News

    August 3, 2006

    Dim bulbs

    This little light of Buzz's, we're gonna let it shine

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2006

    Bill's Records and Tapes and Posters and Crap

    Texas Gigs hinted at it last week, and The Dallas Morning News confirmed it yesterday, but it was just a matter of time before it became official: Bill's Records is moving. The announcement jumps the gun a bit, as the record store's current lease doesn't run out for another eight months, but anyone ... More >>

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004
  • News

    October 30, 2003

    Stop the Presses

    It's déjà news at the DMN

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Hair Salon

    Osgood-O'Neil Salon

  • News

    June 13, 2002


    Plus: Hack Smack, Community Service

  • News

    November 1, 2001

    Pay for Play

    Seventy-three DMNers get sent packing

  • News

    December 28, 2000

    Media Bias

    All year, we tell you who's been naughty. Now, a list of those whose work is nice.

  • News

    October 21, 1999


    Make nice; Hacked off; Party hardly

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