Monday, December 22, 2008
OK, we all had a good laugh when the city's paper of record endorsed Mike Huckabee. Clearly, someone was pulling our collective leg, right? And then the inevitable McCain endorsement came. OK, sure. McCain. And although Jim Schutze would also throw the wholesale love of the Trinity project in that list, too, I'm sure, I would say that may be the only semi-legitimate endorsement the DMN has done in the past two years. I mean, at least there were some people other than city officials that were for it. It was a pretty even pitting of fors and aginners. But now, now you've got this convention center hotel thing. For those of you not from around here, the Dallas City Council, in its infinite wisdom, decided to fund a convention center hotel in the downtown area. I mean, sure, it undoubtedly is a sound investment, given that so many hotel chains are clamoring to build in the dow...oh wait. You mean, nobody in the hotel business thinks building a hotel in this economy would be a worthwhile investment? Crazy. We're gonna do it anyway, though, Mayor Tom "Big Hands" Leppert says. Even though there were enough signatures on an effort to defeat the idea that we pretty much have to put it to a vote now. We're going to forge ahead. Now, when for once the editorial board could maybe, I don't know, represent the thoughts and ideas of people that do not office within a two mile radius of them, and perhaps the thoughts and ideas of people who do not own property that will go up in value after a hotel is built, they turn around and do this. This. With the headline of, "Yes, build a city-owned convention hotel." Let me have just one more second of incredulity, and check that headline again. No, it still says, "Yes, build a city-owned convention hotel." And, upon a triple check, I also note that there is no mention of the fact that the parent company of the Dallas Morning News stands to fare very well if the hotel is built, since it owns a goodly chunk of the property near the proposed building site. So today, dear readers, I have a question: Do you actually read the editorial section of the Dallas Morning News, and if so, why?