Now Jean-Jacques Taylor. Is Dallas' Only Daily Being Wadded Up Before Our Very Eyes?

And so it begins continues.

Actually, it's been going on for years now. The slow, excruciatingly painful death of the newspaper, that is.

I meet twentysomethings, even thirtysomethings every week who listen to the radio, who read blogs, who Tweet and Facebook and Skype and ... who shrug and giggle at the thought of carrying around a newspaper as though it were a chore akin to mowing the yard in the middle of the afternoon.

We read, it seems, every other month about another round of layoffs at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. And now the attrition seems to be escalating over at Dallas' Only Daily.

Next to jump the newsprint ship: sports columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor.

Beginning August 1 he'll be JJT of ESPNDallas.com. The move gives the web site -- powered by former DMN editor Barry Vigoda -- a throng of writers with newspaper backgrounds, and leaves the Morning News with an even more bare, embarrassing cupboard.

Don't always agree with Taylor's opinions and am not always blown away by his writing -- one can only stomach so much "ridiculous" and "poppycock" -- but I've got respect for the guy. He's at the big events and is obviously very well connected. Didn't catch his "Soul Patch" radio show on The Ticket but listeners told me it wasn't half bad.

Taylor, who was one of the DMN's remaining big hitters, is out of the newspaper business. He's also off The Ticket, appearing on ESPN Radio's Ben and Skin today to trumpet his transition.

It won't take JJT long to recognize his new co-workers: At ESPNDallas.com these days are former area newspaper writers:

Tim McMahon (DMN)

Todd Archer (DMN)

Richard Durrett (DMN)

Calvin Watkins (DMN)

Jeff Caplan (FWST)

Jim Reeves (FWST)

Also recently the Star-Telegram took another hit when Rangers beat writer Anthony Andro left to join FoxSportsSouthwest.com, where he'll team up with Matt Mosely (DMN) and Mike Fisher (FWST).

With the sharing of beat writers (DMN writer Eddie Sefko's Mavs stories appear in the FWST) and the skedaddling of quality talent to the Internet, all that's left in the once-proud newspaper "war" is this:

Randy Galloway/Gil LeBreton vs. Tim Cowlishaw/Kevin Sherrington.


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Texex592
Texex592

JJT is a thinly veiled racist. He's not down with white athletes. Especially white, sharpshooting college basketball players.

Bgreen226
Bgreen226

I personally am glad that JJT is no longer covering sports in the DMN.  He was my very least favorite writer.  Also, I am not looking forward to the demise of newspapers.  Since my retirement, one of my most enjoyable activities is reading the newspaper while drinking my morning coffee.  Reading it on the internet is just not the same.

Tom
Tom

Whitt, you continue to amaze at what an idiot you are.  Cheerleading the demise of print and where do you earn your money?  Writing print articles for the DO........Way to go dumb*ss

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

While JJT gets on my nerves at times for being so self-righteous, I respect the fact the man left a failing daily paper. The DMN hasnt really been a competitor for years, when it became the bully pulpit for guys like Steve Blow, I cancelled my subscription...besides, theres better birdcage/cat pan liners out there on the market that are more absorbent and costs less.

txnomad
txnomad

Put up a pay wall and watch your numbers fall!

sandscript
sandscript

isnt Floyd-Engel also leaving the ST for greener pastures?

JJ - TNT
JJ - TNT

JJT is terrible.  During the entire Mavericks run he was nothing but negative towards the team in his articles and his tweets.  I just assume he move to Miami.  I'll even spring for the plane ticket.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I didn't like reading JJT. I didn't like JJT on the radio. No big loss in my world.

"Don't always agree with Taylor's opinions and am not always blown away by his writing" - Now you know how we feel about you.

Just The Facts
Just The Facts

ah, little dick whitt again predicting the demise of something which fired or never hired him.he can say what he wants, but the star-telegram informed him that his days were over.he spins it as he left to become sportswriter for a paper circulated to keep the homeless warm. 

he predicted ktck failure after they correctly chose not to even grant him a formal interview.

then after the rangers got upset at the lack of baseball knowledge on their flagship & took less $ to jump to espn radio, little dick whitt decides to either write negative stories about them or ignore them. 

those are all JUST THE FACTS

Sturm's Bloody Rectum
Sturm's Bloody Rectum

WTF, on the web page, in the 'follow Richie Whitt on twitter' latest comment section....."@RedRioCraig Great article on your blog. Richie Whitt at the Dallas Observer is adaily must read! < Gracias!"  I call BS, that has to be geared towards the comment section of the blogs article for any credibility.

Rooster
Rooster

I dug me some JJT.  I hope the DMN gets somebody over there to take his place.  They'll make it tough to justify me paying $30/mo for a paper without decent local content.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

So who's tasked with TO updates and race-baiting columns over there now?

I kinda like the DMN more today.

Pope1944
Pope1944

I was about to cancel my DMN subscription but now I'll keep it.

Rhyner
Rhyner

"...Didn't catch his "Soul Patch" radio show on The Ticket but listeners told me it wasn't half bad..."

The "half" that wasn't bad was when JJT wasn't talking.

Dgatorr Smith
Dgatorr Smith

im not sorry hes leaving paper. i really dont care for his oppinions or commentary. but for ESPN to take him ?? what are they doing ? they already have 1 waste of time show over there, in ben and skin !

Timbo
Timbo

Gosselin isn't out at DMN, he's replacing JJT as columnist, and possibly giving up his NFL Draft Day jumbo package. ESPN is obviously putting more money into Dallas website, but is its radio strategy - hampered by having to run network content in mornings - to thread in local beat writers? Personally, couldn't take JJT on radio, especially when he's bringing in his chiropractor and butt sketch artist in what could be construed as kick-back guests. Wonder how many free chiro visits he got?

Just Me
Just Me

"one can only stomach so much "ridiculous" and "poppycock""

What the what?  The Flamingo Fadeaway disagrees.

Robert
Robert

It's Galloway/Floyd Engel and not LeBreton. I would replace LeBurpton at the ST with Charean or Chill.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Andro is gold on the twitter. JJT isn't gold, but he good on the twitter too. RW not so much, and Greggo tweets sound like a retarded chimpanzee got ahold to an iphong.

Gary
Gary

Richie, I've always been curious about something.  How much can these guys make writing for a dot com as opposed to their paper gig?

Kevin Taylor
Kevin Taylor

Why hasn't Galloway and Cowlishaw jumped ship yet? They already do ESPN radio and ESPN tv respectively. They might as well write for them too.

P.S. Cowlishaw is horrible filling in on PTI. He seems so nervous.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I agree with TRDP1, methinks that media reporting is right in RW's wheelhouse..think I heard Norman say that the Goose is out on his arse too..free agent methinks. Said he would still be on weekly during fball season.David Moore sounds like a butch Mrs Garrison with a little of the mmmmmk guy mixed in...still better than RW. Pow!

Backdoor Man
Backdoor Man

The game isn't about being a writer anymore. It's being a multimedia brand. ESPN lets JJT do that...web,radio,tv.  Ultimately the audience suffers, instead of getting someone who is good at their craft (Be it Radio, TV, or Print) and have honed it, you get folks who are always just looking for a steppingstone to the next medium.  It's not about having a good show or article its about saying or doing something outrageous to gain attention to make the jump.

bigbody
bigbody

What month is Auguest, Is it anything like Decembeat?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

He's a big radio "star" now. Star in quotes because Arbitron disagrees. I'm pretty sure he does more cutting and pasting than writing here, and probably has "what the what" on a macro.

ReggieJ
ReggieJ

Engel will go to Fox and fall right on her fat ass. She doesn't have the chops for that job.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

I heard she was also moving to FSSW. I could care less about JJT. I thought his writing was horrible. I got sick of his race baiting as well. How long before the DMN and the FWST merge into one paper? The newspaper business is truly dying a slow death. It's really sad to see. The poor quality of the newspaper these days along with the higher cost is just accelerating their demise.

Colonel Travis
Colonel Travis

"Don't always agree with Taylor's opinions and am not always blown away by his writing" - there's only so much "what the what" and "hell to the ya" one can take.

Randall
Randall

Of course you dug JJT. You dig RAGE.

MBM
MBM

Amen.  The DMN just got better.  I actually liked Kevin Blackistone better than JJT, and they're both absolute shite.  The Ticket just got better as well, JJT on the radio is nails on a chalkboard, how that guy held a job at a paper and was able to get on the radio is beyond me.

And I'm on board with RW, 'ridiculous' and 'poppycock' really pissed me off.  I can't believe he graduated college with his style of writing.

Do you think JJT and Jason Whitlock talked over their race baiting columns before they went out?

therrick
therrick

No, it wasn't half bad...it was all bad.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Sorry for my first take..had to catch a call while Norm was splaining..glad the Goose still has a gig. He's prob the best NFL beat guy out there.

Kkg17
Kkg17

And don't forget "raggedy"But I will miss JJT in the DMN, which I still read, skinny as it is...

Amon
Amon

You gotta be kidding. Floyd Engel writes like a 20yo girl texting to her girlfriends. Only thing missing is the OMGs. She's clueless.

Cowtown
Cowtown

Does JJT twitter in ebonic dialect like he talks on the radio?

Just Me
Just Me

You don't enjoy Greggo's "CRAM A BLANK UP YOUR ASS" joke series?

Randall
Randall

Haha....you think Richie answers our questions? Good luck with that.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

David Moore sounds like BDH's younger or older brother. There's a reason he does print, he doesn't translate well to radio or tv.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Is it just me or does David Moore sound like David Kunckle? Yes I like my job even if that wasn't the question.

Storm_71
Storm_71

Wow that brings to mind someone else. RW????

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

If'n I couldn't read it for free over my Fuzzy's salado every day..I wouldn't ever see the Starlagram

Just Me
Just Me

If Kevin Blackistone isn't available, I'd love to read a Leon Simon column.

Or for true race baiting, they could just republish Richie's blog about the Cowboys needing to hire a black WR coach.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

He has always enjoyed cramming, this ass thing is a little wierd though.

Gary
Gary

True.  I should have addressed it to "Those not named Richie."

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

Uh oh. Did Richie tear up your woman's pink playground again?

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

How fucking retarded are you? Saying "Pow" might be dumber than calling yourself "Josh's shoulder isn't broken".

Most people here don't have any original thoughts. You, sir, don't even have any coherent thoughts.

Please stop stealing air from people who actually contribute positively to society.

Rooster
Rooster

Sloppy Joe wasn't me.  I don't need another anonymous name to post under other than the anonymous name I already use.

TheFanSucks
TheFanSucks

I was thinking he sounded like Nick Skinlannen.

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