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October 05, 2004

An Email from a Reader

By Byron LaMasters

It looks like the letter was also sent to The Lasso (and posted), but it's a well researched critic of the Dallas Morning News, which as a rule is something I pretty much can't resist:

msalditch@sbcglobal.net writes:

I wake up each morning with the DMN and lately their editorial page has made me want to call up and cancel my subscription. Friday, they called Bush the winner of the debate because he didn't lose, whatever that means.

Then on Saturday, in their chatty Hits and Misses editorial column, the final item admonishes Martin Frost for having a fund raiser with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. Headlined, "Dude, where's my due diligence?" the blurb by Rod Dreher drags out the 35 yr old arrest of "crusty old Peter Yarrow, the epitome of the diehard '60s liberal," for taking "immoral liberties" with a 14 yr old girl in 1970. The editorial then suggests that Frost's campaign Google all potential fund raisers, which I thought was pretty hip for Belo. Even though the whole "immoral liberties" thing does sound just a tad dated.

So I Google Peter Yarrow. 33,700 matches. Result 109 (page 11) led me to House Resolution 161, "a tribute to Operation Respect, Inc., and Peter Yarrow for anti-bullying, compassion and tolerance program Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House April 29, 2003." So here's a man honored by the Congress last year for his good works that the DMN wants to sling mud at for a 35 yr old crime.

By page 13, I started getting pages from Japanese web sites in Kanji, so I decided to refine my search. Using "peter yarrow" and "immoral liberties" in quotes, I got 71 matches to the DMN story. I wonder how they came up with that search string?

So then I Googled "Dallas Morning News" and "fraud." Result number three was a story in the Dallas Observer about the News inflating their circulation figures and over billing their advertisers from August of this year.

Thank god for the Internet!

This is what the original Dallas Morning News editorial wrote:

It's hard to see where the payoff for Martin Frost would have been in bringing crusty old Peter Yarrow, the epitome of the diehard '60s liberal, to Dallas to perform at a campaign fund-raiser in his new, Republican-leaning district. But never mind that: Who on Team Frost forgot to Google the guy's name to find out if he'd been tarred with anything untoward – like, say, a 1970 guilty plea for taking "immoral liberties" with a 14-year-old girl?

Pete Sessions, meanwhile, has turned the incident into a Radio Ad (scroll to "Frost-caught").

The letter brings up an interesting point, though. Did Pete Sessions object to the U.S. House resolution (approved by a voice vote) honoring the work of Peter Yarrow's organization, Operation Respect, Inc.? If not, Sessions has some explaining to do. Why would he support honoring the work of a man, who he is now attacking in press releases and radio ads?

In all seriousness, inviting Peter Yarrow to do a fundraiser in Dallas was a mistake by the Frost campaign. It sends the wrong message when you base much of your campaign on creating legislation to be tough on child molesters, and then you plan a fundraiser with someone who took "immoral liberties" with a 14 year-old girl while in his thirties. Still, Frost has the upper hand on the issue. However much Pete Sessions wants to change the topic, Martin Frost created a law that has helped a tremendous number of kidnapped children, while Pete Sessions voted against it. It's that simple.

Back to the Dallas Morning News for the latest endorsement tally. They endorsed Republicans Linda Harper-Brown and Robert Frost (Frost, no relation to the aforementioned congressman, is running against Carlos Cortez, a member of the Dallas County Young Democrats who is running a strong campaign. Check out his website and throw some change his way if you have a chance).

Current DMN endorsement tally?

14 Republicans
3 Democrats

Fair and balanced alright...

Posted by Byron LaMasters at October 5, 2004 05:54 PM | TrackBack


Rod Dreher is a partisan hack. I had an email exchange with him over some comments he posted on the DMN blog, where, among other things, he conflates Muslims in general with fundamental Muslim terrorists.

Just read his blogs for a while, and you'd swear you were reading Newsmax or WorldNetDaily.

Posted by: Tx Bubba at October 5, 2004 07:05 PM

I know. He's a former National Review guy, if I recall correctly.

Posted by: Byron L at October 6, 2004 11:04 AM

Keven Ann Cutsie, a recent hire from Arizona, is no better. Total freeper cheerleader. And, judging by her Sunday column way in the back of the editorial page, the former Op-Ed editor that Keven Ann replaced is jaw-droppingly dumb. She never, ever writes anything relevant.

They also censor Doonesbury and The Boondocks without notice. Not that they don't try to hide it, though. They usually run "old" comics in place of the "disappeared" ones that are less than a year old.

If I could get the Austin paper delivered here, or even the Star Telegram, I would. As it is, it's a choice between the DMN and the Lubbock paper. Even with all the problems I have with the DMN, it's still no contest. At least they have a decent crossword (NYT), and two on Saturday.

Posted by: Kathy at October 6, 2004 10:56 PM

That should be "Not that they try to hide it." Still a stupid, awkward sentence.

Posted by: Kathy at October 6, 2004 10:58 PM

And now conservative talkshow host Mark Davis is going to have a regular column in the DMN. It's not enough that we have WBAP, KLIF, KSKY, and a couple of other minor stations spewing the far right opinion. No, we need to maintain that careful balance between the right and the far right.

I miss the Dallas Times Herald.

Posted by: Tx Bubba at October 6, 2004 11:39 PM
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