Local fashion blogger Jane Aldridge is accusing Texas Monthly of making up a quote in a recent profile by Jason Sheeler. Except Aldridge wasn’t making that claim last week, as she promoted the story on WFAA. As a matter of fact, she didn’t seem to have a problem with the story at all until Charlotte Cowles, of New York magazine, blogged about it yesterday. Today Aldridge put up a post on her Sea of Shoes blog claiming the Texas Monthly story was “grossly exaggerated” and “highly stylized” and included a “blatantly made up quote.” (There’s also a picture that seems to sum up her view on it pretty well.)
Here’s the Â statement Texas Monthly gave New York:
“Texas Monthly engages in a rigorous fact-checking process for each of its stories before they go to press. We check quotes, figures, descriptions, and any factual statement with each source mentioned in the story, as well as with outside sources. The profile of Jane Aldridge we published in the April 2012 issue, written by Jason Sheeler, underwent this very same process. Both the writer and the fact-checker contacted Jane multiple times throughout the editing process to clarify details, and Judy Aldridge, as Jane’s spokesperson, confirmed figures, quotes, and biographical details with our fact-checker through several phone calls. (Judy did contest the figure “several hundred thousand dollars” of investment in the blog given to the writer by Bryan Aldridge; when we could not contact him because he was out of the country, we chose to also include the number she provided, ‘closer to $70,000.’) We stand by the reporting in this story. In Jimmy Choo stiletto heels.”
The folks at Klyde Warren Park passed along a few recently taken pics of their spread. They hired a firm called Aerial Photography to do the honors. I can’t help but notice that Klyde Warren is going to face the same hurdle that the Margaret Hunt Hill does: namely, everybody calls it something else. Perhaps this will fade in time, but people call that thing the Calatrava Bridge because for so long it didn’t have a donor’s name attached to it. As you can see from the label on the photo, even Aerial Photography thinks the thing is called Woodall Rodgers Park.
Not so fast. According to an update on Robert Philpot’s post, Mark Davis might just be playing hardball with WBAP’s new owners, Cumulus. While we’re waiting for this to get sorted out, you might want to revisit this 2010 story we did on Davis, written by Barrett Brown. It’s titled “A Sneaky Takedown of Mark Davis.” (And, yes, it’s that Barrett Brown.)
Robert Decherd bought 87,000 shares of A.H. Belo in early March. That means a lot to whoever wrote this:
WFAA just reported that former Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe Avezzano died earlier today of a heart attack, while working out on a treadmill in Italy.
People Newspapers staff photographer Chris McGathey went out to Forney yesterday afternoon to take a look at the damage and the clean-up efforts. He returned with these photos:
This was hanging on the doorknob at home yesterday, and a welcome publication it was. I’ve always wanted to know which businesses in Dallas are Christian. I’m sure Muslims know which ones are Muslim, Jews know which ones are Jewish, and Hindus know which ones are Hindu.
Apparently, there are only 96 ad pages worth of Christian businesses. In a region with a population that is 84 percent Christian, this has to be disappointing, at least to the publisher.
Mark Davis, the conservative talk-show host and favorite whipping boy of DFW progressives, is apparently leaving WBAP-AM after 18 years. The Star-Telegram‘s Robert Philpot says Davis’s contract was not renewed.
It’s a beautiful day for traversing the city with your windows down, blasting a recently unearthed copy of Now That’s What I Call Music 2. The best track on that CD is inarguably Sheryl Crow’s “My Favorite Mistake.”
The first of the AT&T PAC’s free patio sessions kicks off tonight with singer/songwriter Madison King. It’s also technically the first stop on the “East Dallas Indie Crawl,” but feel free to just loiter in Sammons Park for awhile after work. Have a snack (food trucks such as Cajun Tailgators, Jack’s Chowhound, and Tin Star Taco Taxi will be out in full force) and drink, and then if you feel inspired, head to the Granada for White Denim. If you were super jealous looking at the pics from the UTD students-only show the band played last month, you can still get tickets to this evening’s concert. Hundred Visions and Soviet support. Finally, drag yourself to the Beauty Bar to celebrate the return of DJ Sober after his tour.
Meanwhile, if you missed double coupon day at Sunflower, don’t despair too much. The market is hosting more food trucks in the parking lot, with bongo drums. Easy Slider should be there, according to our food truck schedule, and it’s also the first appearance of Fort Worth’s Good Karma Kitchen, which Carol checked out just the other day and deemed worth the 40-minute drive.
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I’ve mentioned the school board races that are taking place May 12. We’re hosting an education forum with TEDxSMU at the Kessler Theater. All eight candidates have agreed to attend. We’ll pull one question from a hat for each of the candidates. They’ll each get three minutes to answer. And then they’ll mingle and answer any other questions you have. Go here to register.
We want people to be educated before they go vote. (Your vote can make a difference–it takes just 259 votes to win a school board race.) A position on the school board is not easy–it’s a district with a $1.5 billion budget, 157,000 kids (68 percent of which graduate in 4 years). After the jump, you’ll see short bios on each of the candidates. Do your homework, come to the Kessler, go vote. (Stats taken from Dallas Kids First.)
I just finished covering a meeting of the Park and Recreation Board’s Planning and Design Committee, where they probably aren’t used to seeing reporters taking notes and recording the audio. After it was over, a city staffer walked up to me and asked, “Are you Robert Wilonsky?”
Alan Peppard has more details this morning on the Big Rich Texas lawsuit. My favorite tidbit:
Carter Boisvert, a lawyer in Friedman’s firm, says that part of that effort included contactingÂ D Magazine Partners chairman and editor-in-chief Wick Allison to have offending statements about Duarte removed from FrontRow.
“We sent a letter to Mr. Allison asking that he do that,” Boisvert said.
“I never received any letter or complaint,” Allison said on Wednesday afternoon. “If anyone says I have, I’d love to see proof.”
Friedman eventually provided a copy of a March 21 certified letter to Allison formally requesting the removal of specific disparaging remarks about Duarte from FrontRow. It’s below. But it should be noted: Friedman sent the letter to the magazine’s old offices on Oak Lawn, not its downtown Dallas digs at 750 N. St. Paul Street — whereÂ D‘s been perched since October 2009.
American Cancels More Flights As It Checks Fleet For Storm Damage. Wednesday, American Airlines canceled 517 flights in and out of DFW Airport. Today, another 335. If one of those is yours and that’s the worst thing that happened it all of this, that’s probably OK. (I write that, sure, but if it were my flight that was canceled, it would be a day of unprintable texts and probably day drinking at some point.)
Governor Perry To Check On Tornado Aftermath Today. He’ll be in, and helicoptering above, Lancaster, Forney, Kennedale, and Arlington. In my imagination, obviously, Chuck Norris and a bottle of Chardonnay are riding shotgun.
Lamar Odom Now Contributing By Sucking. He missed a rebound, then compounded that by letting the guy who got the ball from him score, and made it worse by fouling him. So he sat on the bench for the rest of the game and the rest of the now-irritated Mavericks went on a 21-2 run that led to a win over Memphis. That was, incidentally, my role in the ship cycle for the May issue of D.
City Council Approves Another $25.5 Million To Do Something To The Cotton Bowl. It’s all in service of keeping the Texas-OU game. But it’s a weird figure because it’s not really enough, but it’s also way too much.