Friday, December 12, 2008

Fort Worth Star-Telegram conspiring with competitor to make each other look bad

Unfair Park has details on rearranging/swapping at the Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News:

... some significantly bigger news: Unfair Park has learned that The News is moving its longtime Texas Rangers beat writer, Evan Grant, to the Dallas Cowboys beat. Why? Very simple: Sources say The News will no longer be covering the Texas Rangers, at least not with a beat writer. Instead, sources say, The News will, at some point, begin running the Star-Telegram's Rangers stories. And, in exchange, the Star-Telegram will carry The News' Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars stories.

Initially, sources said The News would cover the Dallas Cowboys for the Star-Telegram, but others have since squashed this rumor. The merger would, inevitably, result in layoffs -- at least seven or eight, sources say. And we're not the only ones to hear about this: One daily sports writer directs our attention to a message board thread at, where much of this has been discussed and debated since yesterday.

Bob Mong, editor of The News, couldn't be reached at his office or on his cell. Messages were also left with sports editor Garry Leavell.But Jim Witt, executive editor at the Star-Telegram and a man who answers his own phone on the first ring, won't say whether or not the wife swap is happening. Instead, he tells Unfair Park this afternoon, "That's something I can't comment on. We've [shared] some reviews, and we've swapped a few pictures, but we're still talking about things, so I can't discuss in public any of that."
Paul Constant says this demeans both papers:

Don't they see? If the same reviews run in both papers, it makes both papers look worse. Without a distinct critical voice, they're both just going to be AP reprint organs with (I'll presume) slightly different editorial slants. And they will go out of business because they will both not matter equally.


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