Friday, November 15, 2013

Did The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Erroneously Editorialize Regarding Lincoln's Gettysburg Address Too?

This morning I had an incoming email pointing me to an amusing story that has been all over the Internet the past couple days.

I am guessing the person who sent me this email would prefer I not identify her, because that is her norm, for the most part. Suffice to say this "anonymous" emailer is locally known, well, known by me, as a highly refined Queen of Snark.

In addition to the website link the body of the "anonymous" email said, "Does this mean there is hope for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram yet???"

This particular hope refers to the Harrisburg Patriot-News retracting an editorial from a century and a half ago, where that newspaper opined that Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address consisted of words which were "silly remarks deserving a veil of oblivion."

It took this newspaper this long to admit making this boo-boo?

I am not sure which of the Fort Worth Star-Telgram's multiple editorial boo-boos the "anonymous" Queen of Snark is referring to.

There are so many.

The ones I can think of, which are retraction worthy, would be editorials which spewed Chamber of Commerce type propaganda puffery.

Such as, the Star-Telegram opining that a very lame, little enterprise called the Santa Fe Rail Market would be the first public market in Texas, was modeled after Seattle's Pike Place and European public markets, when the reality was not only was this not the first public market in Texas, it was not even the first public market in Fort Worth, what with a Texas State Historical Marker marking the location of Fort Worth's first public market, a short distance from the bogus Santa Fe Rail Market.

And the Santa Fe Rail Market bore no resemblance to Seattle's Pike Place, while a short distance to the east, the Dallas Farmers Market bears a strong resemblance to Seattle's Pike Place.

Enough of this particular Star-Telegram editorial mis-step. Let's move on to Cabela's.

The Star-Telegram was all gungho about giving tax breaks and other enticements to the Cabela's sporting goods store, when Cabela's came calling making the same type con-man type pitch that had worked in other back waters in America.

As in Cabela's convinced the Star-Telegram that a sporting goods store would be the #1 tourist attraction in Texas.

You reading this in more sophisticated, better educated parts of America, I am not making this up.

The Star-Telegram touted the #1 tourist attraction nonsense over and over and over again, with the numbers of tourists projected varying from 5 to 7 million.

A short time after Cabela's opened in Fort Worth another Cabela's opened down by Austin. And now, just a few years later, the Fort Worth Cabela's is not even the only Cabela's in the D/FW Metroplex.

Has the Star-Telegram fessed up to their part in being snookered by the Cabela's #1 tourist attraction con?

No, they have not.

And then there was the time the Fort Worth Star-Telegram breathlessly informed its readers that a project then called Trinity Uptown would turn Fort Worth into the Vancouver of the South.

Seems like I just recently blogged about the Vancouver of the South nonsensical propaganda.

I found it.

A blogging from just a couple days ago, titled Is A Fort Worth Arctic Blast Helping Freeze Panther Island Ice In The Vancouver Of The South? details, in part, the Vancouver of the South Star-Telegram irresponsible reporting.

Like I already said, I don't know what Star-Telegram editorials the "anonymous" Queen of Snark thinks the Star-Telegram should retract. I'm guessing there may be dozens....

1 comment:

Steve A said...

I think, however, that the Startlegram is safe on the Gettysburg Address since it was only founded in 1906.