On its front page yesterday, The Dallas Morning News ran a story about the Trinity toll road in which there was a discussion of stories written by me and other people at the Dallas Observer. The story, written by Bruce Tomaso, said, “Mr. Schutze did not return telephone calls or e-mail message seeking comment his comment for this story.”
I don’t speak to the press. Know why? Because normally the press doesn’t speak to me. Why would they? I’m press. They’re press. What do they need me for? They can go press their own press if they want to.
I am a tad embarrassed. A tad, no more. Tomaso did try to reach me at work and at home and by e-mail beginning Friday afternoon. Shoe on the other foot, I might have written, “Tomaso, cringing in the dark corners of his squalid little world, was afraid to return my multiple well-intended, open-hearted calls and messages.” But that’s just me. The real reason? O.K., he caught me sneaking out of town a tad early -- a tad, no more -- to do some fishing. You know what they say about work, right? It’s for people who don’t know how to fish.
Oh, boy. I’m going to pay for that.
The Trinity toll road thing has really cranked up to a level I consider bizarre. I agreed to speak to a community group last week. They sent out an e-mail to their members. Then they called me back and told me they had been contacted by proponents of the toll road who had told them it would be unfair for me to speak if a member of their group were not given an opportunity to appear in rebuttal.
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Should I be flattered? Or appalled? No, let me re-phrase that. Should you be appalled?
I think I’m going to start agreeing to speak to groups of two and three persons on street corners all over town just to keep the bastards busy.
Anyway, I do plan to call Tomaso this week and give him my very lengthy replies to his questions, because that’s what people do to me -- call me up after the story’s already in the paper and want to give me their quotes.
By the way, he took me out of context. And they should have run a picture of me. And my life story would make a movie. I’m trying to say all the things people say when they are contacted by the press. But this is so new for moi. --Jim Schutze