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Pulitzer Committee Surely Wants Mulligan on Tod Robberson

Last night, I read this blog post by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tod Robberson. My head exploded everywhere. After I was done scooping up my brains off the kitchen floor and pouring them back into my noggin, I began planning this blog post, the one I’m writing right now. Robberson, without naming us directly, addressed me and Observer editor Joe Tone. We’ve both raised questions about this golf course in southern Dallas. Robberson wrote:

Naysayers are great at explaining why things won’t work, but rarely do they offer realistic alternative solutions. I’ve learned not to take them too seriously.

So you can’t raise questions about the golf course without proposing an alternative development in southern Dallas? “I wonder how much development a golf course will generate, given that golfers will drop in, spend their money at the course, and leave. I propose we instead build a space port in southern Dallas.” Like that? Robberson went on to explain why he thinks the golf course will generate economic development:

Stadiums and sports arenas attract the masses for a single visit. Fans rush to get a good parking spot. They spend their money on concessions inside the venue. When the event is over, they hurry to escape the crowds and get home.

The scene couldn’t be any more different from the atmosphere at a golf course. Everything in golf moves slowly. It is designed to be a peaceful, relaxing, leisurely experience amid beautiful, serene surroundings. These are times when the mind is most open to opportunities and possibilities.

The naysayers comment is what made the pressure in my head begin to build. That last bit about serene surroundings is what made my brains hit the linoleum. Like I said, I began planning this post. I was going to come in here this morning and savage Robberson; remind you that the guy thinks cars need to be defended against bicycles; let you know that I’ve talked to people who’ve worked with him and absolutely detest the fellow; make the observation that he shares his Pulitzer with two people, so the committee that decides the thing had no idea which writing samples were his, meaning the other two people probably won the award for him; and then, just for fun, point out that there’s probably not another Pulitzer winner who has fewer followers on Twitter (he has 123). I was going to go ad hominem and strong mayor all over Tod Robberson.

Then I read Joe Tone’s post about Robberson. So measured. So succinct. So elegant in the way it lays out Robberson’s lazy, flawed thinking. And that’s when I decided that instead of letting my anger get the best of me, I should instead just point you to Tone’s post.

15 comments on “Pulitzer Committee Surely Wants Mulligan on Tod Robberson

  1. It should be noted that the DMN did post a “con” editorial along with Robberson’s which made similar arguments to yours above.

  2. Hashimoto’s op-ed is welcome retreat from his crazy-old-man-repeat-everything-I-hear-on-talk-radio Twitter posts.

    Tim, your opposition to the albatross/golf course is a good way to make up for your company’s support of the Trinity Tollroad and awarding Mayor Tom CEO of the year.

  3. Tim, while I’m neutral on your crusade against the DMN and Robberson, I would like to point out that the word “solutions” does not necessarily mean an alternative development. Fact is, what Southern Dallas needs more than anything is some image help. The golf course may actually impact the Southern Dallas image in terms of highlighting the natural beauty that part of our city possesses, and also motivating people to go there – people who otherwise would have no reason to go there. Getting people there may open their minds to other option and/or possibilities.

  4. This isn’t gonna do jack-doodly-squat for southern Dallas. What those folks down there need are jobs. People in north Dallas aren’t gonna say, “honey, it’s a beautiful Saturday morning. Shall we and the little ones go frolicking through the ever so quaint southern portion of our fair city, this day?”….”Oh, splendid idea John! Splendid! I’ll go pack a picnic basket and get the little ruffians, Suzy and lil Tommy, dressed and ready. It’s going to be just absolutely lovely! How I do adore southern Dallas, John. Oh, thanks to the gracious heavens for that wonderful golf course that led us to her wonders!”. Or, maybe it will. I dunno know.

  5. but Leftists like Tim dont want to say

    Golf?

    oh sure theres Tiger but golf in South Dallas ??

    thats like putting a library there

    but of course the leftists wont exactly go there

    or will they?

    ( and I dont mean the library)

  6. Since Tim Rogers seems to have no intention of setting the record straight about statements he made in his personal attack on Tod Robberson, let me direct all readers of this blog post to this factual information about the Pulitzer and Tod’s resume at The Dallas Morning News.
    As the leader of our “Bridging the Gap” project, I welcome sharp, robust debate about the project. But Tim would have benefited from doing some basic fact-checking on the Pulitzer entry, which is available online:
    http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2012/12/tim-rogers-wrong-about-tod-robberson.html/

  7. Since Tim Rogers seems to have no intention of setting the record straight about statements he made in his personal attack on Tod Robberson, let me direct all readers of this blog post to this factual information about the Pulitzer and Tod’s resume at The Dallas Morning News.

    As the leader of our “Bridging the Gap” project, I welcome sharp, robust debate about the project. But Tim would have benefited from doing some basic fact-checking on the Pulitzer entry, which is available online:

    http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2012/12/tim-rogers-wrong-about-tod-robberson.html/

  8. I think you left some of your brains on the linoleum. If you can’t accept heavily veiled criticism without your head exploding, you’re in the wrong line of work. Your ad hominem criticism is childish. You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself. if this is what passes for journalism at D Magazine, it’s in worse shape than I thought.

  9. I think you left some of those brains that exploded from your head on the floor. If you can’t read what is at most very heavily veiled criticism of your position wtihout going ballistic, then you’re in the wrong business. Your ad hominem criticism is unprofessional and childish. YOu should be ashamed of yourself. If this is what passes for journalism at D Magazine, it’s in worse shape than I thought.

  10. Its is interesting TDMN never sniffed a Pulitzer Prize for editorials until Keven Willey, AKA The Liberal From Arizona, wormed her way onto the Pulitzer board. Sure, she isn’t allowed to vote for her own paper’s submission but organizations sitting on the board should not be considered for the award.

  11. Too bad Tim Rogers is such an insecure, defensive weasel that the only way he knows how to react is with personal attacks. Get over yourself.