Fort Worth Business Press chairman Richard Connor threw a hard uppercut at the Tarrant Regional Water District’s board of directors in yesterday’s column.
Among other things, he said the water board has become a “vehicle used by arrogant, overreaching politicians and bureaucrats to roll over taxpayers and property owners with the ill-advised, outrageously expensive boondoggle known as the Trinity River Vision.”
Connor was Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher from 1986 to 1997 (and roundly disliked in the newsroom).
Newspaper publishers don’t generally control editorial content, but it seems unlikely that the pro-incumbent, pro-Trinity River Vision, serial butt kissing Star-Telegram would have embarrassed itself quite as much with its recent water board election coverage had Connor still been there.
The Star-Telegram isn’t content to have editorial writers and columnists endorse the status quo. Reporters have even joined the cheering section.
The Dallas Observer piped in as well.
And quite a few local bloggers are having fun over water district honcho Jim Oliver’s email pissing match with water board candidate John Basham.