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Monday, May 21, 2012
I'd not watched Citizen Kane in a long long time. Watching Citizen Kane in 2012 was a different experience than when my much younger eyes watched Citizen Kane back in the last century.
My Texas experience caused me to see something in Citizen Kane I would not have made note of prior to moving to Texas.
Previous to moving to Texas I'd never lived in a town without a real newspaper.
I am not alone in thinking Fort Worth does not have a real newspaper.
There has been a time or two where a person or two has asked me why I say Fort Worth has no real newspaper, with the person telling me the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is a real newspaper.
Which has me telling the person, no, the Star-Telegram is not a real newspaper.
Just one example. In a town with a real newspaper, when something happens like the Paradise Center Scandal, that scandal would be considered newsworthy.
There was a moment last night, while watching Citizen Kane, that I thought of the Star-Telegram and Fort Worth's lack of a real newspaper.
Charles Foster Kane was working on his first edition of his newly acquired newspaper, the Daily Inquirer, when Kane decides he wants a Declaration of Principles to be printed on the front page.
Kane's Declaration of Principles: "I will provide the people of this city with a daily paper that will tell all the news honestly. I will also provide them with a fighting and tireless champion of their rights as citizens and as human beings."
Does that sound like the Star-Telegram? Providing a fighting, tireless champion of its reader's rights as citizens and as human beings?
Again, the Paradise Center Scandal comes to mind.
Kane also said, "It's also my pleasure to see to it that decent, hard-working people in this community aren't robbed blind by a pack of money-mad pirates, just because they haven't had anybody to look after their interests..."
Money-mad pirates? Chesapeake Energy comes to mind.
Below is a YouTube video of the scene in Citizen Kane that brought Fort Worth's lack of a real newspaper to mind....