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Two Stories You Should Read Today

One is about Rod Dreher. The other is about land in southern Dallas—and a media smackdown.
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If you’ve been paying attention, you know the name Rod Dreher. The conservative writer once sat on the Dallas Morning News’ editorial board. He wrote the books Crunchy Cons and The Little Way of Ruthie Leming. Last month, he published The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, which the Times has called “the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.” The New Yorker just put up a 7,500-word profile of Dreher. You might need to save that one for tonight.

For a quicker read, go check out this piece by Jim Schutze, wherein all his conspiracy theories about Mayor Mike Rawlings and the West Dallas land grab are proven true. Those (like me) who enjoy a good media fight will love the smackdown that Schutze puts on his former colleague Robert Wilonsky. Good stuff.

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This is actually kind of funny. The News today carries an obit of John A. Hardman, the puppeteer and voice behind NorthPark’s Scrooge. That's not the funny part. Hardman was great at what he did. I have always enjoyed his cantankerous, insulting Scrooge. His passing is a sad event, and he'll be missed. No, the funny part is that an individual named Will Schutze, an acolyte of Hardman's, is quoted in the story. The paper IDs Schutze thusly: "son of the Dallas Morning News’ former gardening editor Mariana Greene." Okay, but that name. Schutze. It doesn't match his mother's last name. It sounds so familiar. Schutze. Hmm. Schutze, Schutze -- ah, yes! Will is also the son of Jim Schutze, the Dallas Observer’s bearded, laconic gadfly. No offense to the former gardening editor of the paper, but of Will's two parents, Jim is the one who belongs in the ID. Or who also belongs in the ID. If anyone else has a nit, I'm happy to pick it.
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Welcome to Dallas, Mike Wilson

I, for one, am glad we finally have someone fun at the top of the Dallas Morning News org chart.