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  •  True Story about Smokey Joe Barton: (2+ / 0-)
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    Several years ago, the Dallas Morning News still had a non-sychophantic editorial board. They actually had independence of thought and action (or so they thought).

    One of them came up with the title of "Smoky Joe" Barton, due to his fanatical support of waste burning cement plants (including toxic chemical waste)whose nasty outputcommonly drifted over the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth as well as all the surrounding suburbs.  Over 5 million people are affected by that chemical soup output.

    Joe has denied that mercury actually hurts peopleamong other things.

    They even advised residents to vote against him, a terrible crime in the eyes of the Dallas Morning News far-right, very wealthy owners and publishers.  

    Eventually, the owners tired of common sense coming from their editorial board and fired all the liberal or common sense, fact-based members.  They claimed that "cut backs" were necessary for "cost cutting measures" but the conservative, younger members were retained.

    In one of the last straws for the decent board members, the DMN published an editorial soon after the horrible events of Katrina in New Orleans.  Dallas was due to build a fantastic Calatrava designer bridge and the board dared to suggest, offer even, that Dallas forego the fancy bridge in favor of an ordinary one and commit the money to assisting New Orleans with rebuilding.

    The next day, the newspaper ran a complete retraction, saying that the bridge was a vital part of the city's plans, blah, blah, blah, and basically "tough luck New Orleans."  It was a retraction ordered by the owners.

    So, today, nearly everyone everywhere calls Barton Smoky Joe, thanks to the once straight-shooting DMN editorial board.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 05:49:29 PM PDT

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