October 17, 2002
Chron sorta interviews Ron Kirk

Ron Kirk was in town to give an interview to the Houston Chronicle editorial board, and in the resulting story, the Chron spends as much time quoting a John Cornyn spokesman as they do Kirk himself. What's up with that?

I really wanted to be fair here. Maybe all of the candidate-meets-with-the-editorial-board stories are like this, where "equal time" (for some value of "equal") is given to the opponent's spokesdog. (Seems to me that simply granting an interview to each candidate would more than suffice for "equal time", but nobody asked me so I'll clam up now.) Unfortunately, the Chron's pathetically lame Election Central section only keeps a few stories and editorials in their accessible archives. Everything else goes into the main Chron archive section, which requires a subscription code and some keyword fu to work properly. Would it kill them to maintain a directory of links to recent stories along with the two-bit candidate profiles that they have? Even just a link to the candidate-kowtows-to-our-ed-board-folks stories would be something. You know, as a public service since they're the only freakin' daily newspaper in America's fourth-largest city? Are they low on disk space or something? Jeez louise...

Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 17, 2002 to Election 2002

That is weird interview, and a great example of how useless the local papers are becoming all over the place. This is the kind of thing that should be their bread and butter.

I laughed at the DOC deal - he's not part of NWA. And unless it's a different one, he's from Dallas! Small world...

Posted by: Scott Chaffin on October 17, 2002 12:41 PM

It's just our Chron in action, huh?

I was bothered by the first sentence's phrase, "if necessary," which just begs for elaboration -- but there's really not much elaboration (and I'm sure Kirk probably went into some detail on the matter. It's just not captured very well). And it just gets worse from there.

Given the handful of Houston bloggers who regularly point out the paper's shortcomings, we really ought to consider a collaborative effort at some point. :)

Posted by: Kevin Whited on October 18, 2002 8:48 AM