HITTING ON ALL CYLINDERS

Sunday’s Morning News showed what a metropolitan newspaper can be, with three excellent examples of initiative reporting. First, there was Lee Hancock on Peggy Jo Tallas, the elderly female bank robber. Just below that was Michael Grabell on the fake anthrax antidote marketed by Dallas businessmen Doug and Allan Lord and endorsed by Congressman Ralph Hall. But the best news for Dallas was on the Metro page where soft-spoken, hard-nosed investigative reporter Brooks Egerton and Gromer Jeffers began what I hope is a series probing beneath the surface of the corruption scandal at City Hall. If the News has assigned Egerton to this beat, we’re gonna see some fireworks, no matter what the FBI comes up with. All in all, it was a sterling performance–and exactly what the News needs to do to regain its authority and journalistic leadership in this city.

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