In our April issue, I wrote about how the Dallas Morning News covers Dallas ISD. You can read that here. Yesterday, DMN education reporter Kent Fischer protected his turf on their DISD blog, and today, his colleague Mike Hashimoto got Fischer’s back on one of the other 50 blogs they have over there.
I find both responses to be fairly disingenuous. My point wasn’t that the DMN shouldn’t go for blood when there is a real story there (the budget shortfall, various scandals at SOC, etc. — all of which Hashimoto is careful to add to the scoreboard). No. That’s exactly what the daily paper should do. That is its job. My point was the Morning News treats everything over at DISD like one of those scandals, which makes the situation seem worse than it is and which, yes, tends to scare off prospective parents. I stand by what I said.