The goat on the cover of the June 1974 issue of this magazine was a nice touch. If you wanted to illustrate the descent of the state’s big-city newspapers into a form of journalistic trash, why not an image of a refuse-eating barnyard animal gobbling up a front page unworthy of wrapping fish? Griffin Smith Jr.’s accompanying story was no more subtle. “Texas journalism is, on the whole, strikingly weak and ineffectual,” he wrote, going on to tar his own profession as a “backwater.”
Update: Texas Observer editor Dave Mann has published a response to Koch’s criticisms.
“Strangely, though Koch’s response employs the words “dishonest,” “distorted,” “misleading” and “flawed,” I couldn’t find a single challenge to any of the reported facts in our story,” he wrote.
Some 46 billionaires live in Texas, according to the Forbes 400, the magazine’s annual list of the richest Americans. Only California (with 87 billionaires) and New York (with 67) have Texas beat. (And this means that half of the country’s 400 billionaires on the list live in these three states.) The combined wealth of these Texas billionaires tops $174 billion.
The bomb threat that forced the evacuation of the University of Texas at Austin campus this past Friday may or may not have been linked to a similar incident at North Dakota State University, as well as less widely reported threats to smaller schools in Indiana and Ohio, and Monday’s similar scare at LSU
If there’s no such thing as bad publicity, Glenn Beck has just given American Airlines valuable free airtime.
The Metroplex-based conservative talk show host devoted a big chunk of his Tuesday show to attacking the airline. Beck claims he was mistreated by an American flight attendant on a flight home from New York over Labor Day weekend.
“I want to personally thank American Airlines for bringing to my attention that they don’t mean ‘American Airlines—they mean ‘liberal American Airlines’ apparently,” Beck said.
Rick Perry and Ron Paul may be long gone, but it turns out there are Texans still participating heavily in the Republican Party’s presidential campaign: Dallasites Jim Ferguson and Vinny Minchillo are among the self-styled “Mad Men” working for Mitt Romney.
As Philip Rucker of the Washington Post reported: