Eric and Lisa make some good points in the comments to my post about Steve Olafson, the Chron reporter who was fired for running a weblog on the side. While I remain sympathetic to Olafson and think the Chron was wrong, I can see it from their perspective. And hey, I don't know the full story. Maybe they can prove he used their resources or committed some other violation of the employee handbook. That sort of thing is usually a ticky-tack reason for canning someone, but it can be a back-breaking straw.
What really takes the cake on this, and sums up Houston's Only Information Source (motto: As If You've Got A Choice) better than I ever could, is that right now, as we speak, the Chron has a reporter down in Crawford doing a "working vacation" with President Bush, and telling the world about it in (wait for it) a weblog. Go read it and see for yourself what kind of weblog the Chron thinks is worth their readers' time.
Amazing, eh? To think they could've sent Cragg Hines, or John Williams, or hell, Leon Hale or Ken Hoffman. But no, they send some cub off to write a daily postcard about things like chicken fried steak and Dr Pepper. That's our Chron.Posted by Charles Kuffner on August 07, 2002 to Elsewhere in Houston