Angela Hunt Takes Issue With Dallas Morning News Levee Story

As Peter mentioned in Leading Off, the Dallas Morning News published a lengthy piece on the status of the  Trinity River Project on Sunday.

Councilwoman Angela Hunt takes issue with some of the assertions in it, including one that she led a referendum that resulted in a delay in levee improvements. In my experience, the best time to write a blog post detailing how irritated you are with someone is about 2 a.m., after you’ve laid in bed, marshaling your arguments instead of sleeping. I’m not saying that’s what Hunt did, but her blog post about it went up at 2:39 a.m.

Later, Jim Schutze, my third-favorite curmudgeon, took on Lindenberger’s story, too. Both point out that the assertion is not anchored by a quote, or even a piece of data that backs up the assertion that the referendum stymied progress on the levee repairs. Schutze calls it “Lindenberger’s personal assertion,” while Hunt challenges Lindenberger “to back up his statement that the referendum delayed much-needed levee improvements by even one day.”

I’ve carrier-pigeoned a note over to Lindenberger to see if he has a rebuttal, since the last post on the Dallas Morning News Transportation Blog is about the DART rodeo.

UPDATE: Lindenberger e-mailed me earlier to say he hadn’t had a chance to read anything yet. But this afternoon, he responded on the Transportation blog.

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Comments

  • cube dweller

    I applaud your efforts to fit in with your would-be employer. You’ve smacked AH on style, not substance, given a back-handed compliment to Schutze, and taunted your hated ex-employer, TDMN. And all in one post.

  • Bethany Anderson

    Cube, you’re pretty much all the way wrong. Let me explain:
    I love the Dallas Morning News. I enjoyed my time there, and if the pay was better and I had been able to afford to stay there longer, I would’ve. I didn’t get fired. I didn’t get laid off. I left of my own volition because I got tired of eating ramen and living on $25,000 a year.

    My criticisms of the DMN generally come from nostalgia – how good the paper once was, how good it could still be – if its management had better foresight long, long ago. It’s not a problem (and I’ve said this before) that the DMN is the sole possessor of, either. Pretty much every newspaper company in the world treated the Internet as a fad early on. The organization is also top-heavy, with an embarrassment of chiefs and too few Indians.

    But I do not hate the DMN. I am sad, sometimes, when I think about how even just a few years ago, it was phenomenal enough to produce some of the best coverage of Katrina in the country, amazing enough to win a Pulitzer.

    And I wonder if the old girl will be able to again, as her bosses continue to hack bits and pieces of her away.

    And finally, just because I post something, doesn’t mean I agree or disagree with any of the stances taken. I didn’t anywhere in the post say I agreed with it. I simply said that both Hunt and Schutze pointed out the same thing.

  • amanda

    I didn’t take it as a slam on the DMN at all…just a “hmmm” Hunt and Schutze were on the same side. And like the 5,000,000 blogs the DMN has? Ummm, I think they could consolidate content to make them a bit more interesting. IJS.

    Even though Bethany doesn’t hate the DMN, I have it on good authority that she openly despises the Green Sheet and all those weird mailed coupon thingys.

    How ’bout them levees!

  • Rose Bud Was Her Typewriter

    Huh. This, http://bit.ly/dmobo2, does not read like someone who, “enjoyed [their] time” at the Dallas Morning News.

    I’m not sure why Hunt’s time stamp is relevant to her comments. Or are you already on the Corona for Mayor bandwagon, too?

  • Bethany Anderson

    Again, I can have enjoyed my time there, and take issue with the decisions the MANAGEMENT has made as of late. Please read my comments. All of them.