As they've done so many times in the past whenever big money and big power come schmoosing around for a little slavish kissy-face the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram got out its pom-poms and megaphones and donned its cheerleader outfit and turned its printed pages into a splashy sales pitch disguised as a news article.
Time to force feed the populace more Trinity River Visions visions again.
As recounted some two weeks ago in Dallas Libertarian Examiner article "How Water District runs roughshod over Tarrant County" and further touched on in an urban planning article the rah-rah editorial policy has hit the paper's front page again.
The Trinity River Vision (TRV) consists of digging up the Trinity River north of downtown Cowtown, rerouting the channel to create a waterfront, a lake, an island, and a big tract of land currently owned by other people to create a massive profit base for politically connected developers who will essentially build a second city the size of Ft. Worth's current downtown.
The Sunday, September 15, 2013 TRV Mash Note Edition of the Startle-Gram featured an above-the-fold headline "Trinity Uptown making progress" (even though it isn't because federal handouts are drying up due to the Obama recession), the entire top half of page 4 is a jump page while a majority of page 5 is more jump plus a companion article.
This is typical stuff for the local Cowtown daily.
For at least one local observer, writing under the name "The Loose Cannon Libertarian" this sad state of journalistic prostitution became obvious as far back as 2002 when the obsession du jour was light rail.
Headlined "A Desire named streetcar" the article proclaimed, "The Star-Telegram turned nearly two full pages of its opinion section into a slick campaign brochure, complete with photos in living newsprint color, touting the joys of electrified conveyance."
The article noted that the puff piece "did offer some contrary views" just as the current TRV bouquet does, burying a few lip service words in the text to create the illusion of unbiased reporting.
The reasons libertarians see "scam" where others see "plan" are manifold. There's the property ripoff via eminent domain, the taxpayer ripoff of $909.9 million, and the crony corporatism ripoff that puts profits into the pockets of the politically connected.
And then there's that "other problem:" civic envy. Ft. Worth citycrats feel inferior and desperately want to be Dallas.
(NOTE: It's typical for the Star-Telegram to use different headlines for the same print and online article.)
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