Who Will Speak Up for the Rich, the Artsy, the Uptrodden Minority? Well, There's D.

Categories: Schutze

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Off on vacation for a week, so great to be back here on the lawn, but really, you know, I was never gone. Thanks to my colleagues over on Frontburner, the D Magazine blog, my presence did not fade.

Last Friday D Editor Tom Rogers penned a long item he called, "Jim Schutze's Class Envy Gets the Best of Him," about something I had written the previous week making fun of rich people and their worries over the Nasher Sculpture Garden getting too much sun. Rogers said:

"I think it's because Schutze desperately, truly, really wishes he had some money. He wishes he'd studied at St. Mark's and SMU. He wishes he'd gone into real estate or finance. That's why his vision is so clouded. If you read him with any regularity, you'll notice this. All rich people suck -- because he is not one of them. Somewhere, deep down, Jim Schutze wishes he could buy a condo at Museum Tower. It's the only explanation that makes sense."

So how would I answer that? I can't say anything bad about SMU without getting into big trouble with my wife. Plus, I think she may be with Tim on how nice it would be for me to have more money. So let's just say this: enough about me.

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What about the poor rich? This is where Tim's message is truly passionate. He makes the case that an attack on the rich is an attack on all of us: "Listen, this problem doesn't involve [only] rich people," Rogers writes. "It involves us."

One shivers. I must admit, I found something vaguely stirring in that sentiment, a sort of very vaguely Hemingwayesque, For Whom the Bell Tolls kind of thing. I think I get it.

If people can make fun of the rich with impunity, then why couldn't they make fun of poor people with impunity? What's to stop them from mocking even the middle class? We could all wind up being made fun of, and ... well, you know. What the hell?

I think Tim is saying that it's got to stop somewhere. In this way, the rich are the canaries in the coal mine of mocking. By standing up for them, we stand up for ourselves.

As I said, I only think I get it. Sort of. And you know, even if I do get it, it's just not the journalistic cause for me. Sorry. But why shouldn't it be for Tim?

I'm serious. Why couldn't Tim use his magazine as a bully pulpit for the protection of the rich? They could do all sorts of things. They could run a kind of box score on an inside page citing instances in the previous month when some asshole like me has said something cruel or unfair about the rich.

I wouldn't object to that. I can see the fairness. Rich people have a right to victimhood, too.

They could publish pages and pages of photographs of rich people being nice and having fun, smiling at each other, showing that these are just regular people who happen to have a lot more money than regular people.

Well, wait. It's been a while since I looked closely at D. Give me a second here. I'm scanning it on-line as we speak. OK, it looks like Tim is out ahead of me on most of this. It appears they are already doing most of the stuff I am suggesting.

Well, then, here's a bit of business advice I might offer them. It looks as if Tim and his boss/owners, the Allisons, already have built up an excellent track record on defending the rich, sticking up for them, showing that D Magazine is the kind of publication the rich can count on. In my mind I see a picture of rich people sitting around the Dallas Country Club with their muddy golf cleats on the necks of illegal immigrant groundskeepers socking down gin and tonics groping each other's spouses and saying, "At least D Magazine has got our back."

Given that reputation, which the magazine has worked so hard to establish, why shouldn't Tim and the Allisons put it to good use and maybe make some moolah for themselves off it? Come on. This is America.

Why couldn't D Magazine go out and visit with some of these rich people and see if the richies might want to come across with a little cash for the old magazine operation? I speak of "investment opportunities in publishing," of course.

Gosh. They're so sharp over there. I bet they've beaten me to the punch on that idea, too. I can't get ahead of these guys, can I?

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Dunbar
Dunbar

He's right Jim.  You don't get it!

Primi timpano
Primi timpano

Speaking of the rich, why on earth is Diane Rehm speaking at the dallas country club tomorrow? Will blacks be allowed to enter? Sit near the front? Submit a membership application?

Is DO covering this or is it a D Mag Paper City event?

blackcatsearching
blackcatsearching

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JimS = senile white guilt
JimS = senile white guilt

Senile blithering white-guilt libtard.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

I have just checked out your lengthy past comment history.   You are a phantom with no back ground!  Someone who’s comments are hit the intended victim run and hide from any accountability or record.  A hate filled “Tal-i-ban-Repub-li-can” who is a Blatherskite.

Weezwas
Weezwas

 Genius, Sir! Pray, do grace us further with more of your pithy insight. Veritably, the ladies swoon, and the gentlemen do cheer, "Hear! Hear!" at your rapier-like wit.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

“wishes he could buy a condo at Museum Tower. It's the only explanation that makes sense."  What a STUPID STATEMENT!    Only someone who would benefit of the squandering of the Police and Fireman’s pension $$$ would come up with such crap (the statement).

RTGolden
RTGolden

After reading this post, I had to go back and read Jim's earlier post (which I had brushed off as yet another crushing blow from late-onset senility) and then, for the first time, read an article (post, thing, whatever) in Frontburner.  I sadly regret all three.

As Jim so unerringly points out, there is a disastrous economy and blame to be handed out in droves.  We've got major issues in education, women's health, social issues, weather (which Jim somehow blames on the rich too), and a host of other worthy topics to write about.  Some of them Jim even does a good job of reporting on.  Instead, Jim decides to pen some snide screed about a rich kids' catfight.  Tim brought out the good and honest point that art isn't only able to be appreciated by the rich, then he lost it, in a classic case of journalistic overkill and went into some sort of fevered rant about Jim and envy.

After going through all three posts and sifting out the lovers' spat that is Jim-n-Tim, one is left with this:  It's going to be hellishly hot with searing sun reflection at the Nasher this summer.  Good thing I have to save all my cash for gas and groceries, or I might have to actually care about this.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

I LOVE that we have Tim & Wick Kardashian here in Dallas.  Their bubble is so small, shiny and transparent.  Sadly not enough folks read their green sheet for them to become topical dinner conversation.  They are more relegated for "in the know" media type cocktails....  i.e. chardonnay spritzers & tuna tartare, and penard ricard with faux cuban cigars......I do love them more than life itself. 

Craigley
Craigley

Is it too late to jettison Dallas and give it to Indiana?

Evan
Evan

I thought "The Towering Inferno" article by D was quite the compelling read, and now it seems it's getting overshadowed (on both DO and Frontburner) by a pissing contest. In my opinion, it makes the both of you look bad for engaging on this level (not the first time, either, if I'm not mistaken).

I dare say that it makes me want to become a more regular reader of DallasNews.

cp
cp

And I'm sure Dallasnews would love to have you as a paying subscriber, since 80-somethings are their target demographic...

Evan
Evan

What publication has a target demographic of assholes?

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Besides the "Best Of", which is more relevant at times than the DO version, what has D done recently of any worth? Besides Tim Rogers, whom I understand has plenty of enemies in this town who want to take a wack or three at him,  what is this rag actually doing thats worth mentioning? Every time I picked it up at the Drs. office, its always ads for butt/breast lifts, divorce attorneys or The Old Warsaw (which BTW, is tanking badly according to Yelp), things I really don't need in my life. 

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

well it's self serving, but I thought the nature writing I did and do is pretty beneficial to the community, and I appreciate having a forum to do it. 

Zac's written some great articles,for instance the one on Harvey Lacey. 

I'm a big Jim S fan, but don't agree with all of the general conclusions about the folks at D, including Tim. 

cp
cp

The comments over on Frontburner are priceless. They pretty much prove Jim's whole point. 

East Dallas Dad
East Dallas Dad

You've got to be rich (or at least pretending to be rich) to read D Magazine in the first place.

Oxbow
Oxbow

So the rich has D as their paper rag and the Poor has the observer as their paper rag. Thank Gawd the middle class has the DMN. Is that the jist?

ChuckE
ChuckE

Why bother with this petty stuff when Jim should be writing about Sunday's DMN front page article questioning the need for the Trinity Toll Road (which quickly disappeared from their site unless you really search for it)?

LDR4
LDR4

I like that this is a brewing battle as Jim is up for Best Local Columnist in D.

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

I've always considered the name of that particular rag perfect, only incomplete. They just neglected to add the "-bag" after the "D".

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

What's so great about going to SMU if you end up writing for a crappy magazine like D?

billmarvel
billmarvel

Hey, I have an even better idea. What if some really good writers -- and you know who you are out there -- gave up defending or attacking this or that class and just did good journalism? i know I sound hopelessly retro and out of it, this being The Blog Era. But imagine. Being able to open a monthly magazine or a weekly newspaper (or a daily, for that matter; that would be nice) and finding something that is accurate, clear, vivid, surprising, and snark free.    

RTGolden
RTGolden

Closest thing to that we have left is the Farmer's Almanac, I believe.

Bob
Bob

That would be nice, Bill, but DMN crushes its competition by copy-cat publishing, and D fetes its rivals until they join their publishing empire.

billmarvel
billmarvel

Bob,I was going to let this pass. But I note that no less than four people (so far) liked your comment. So I jut gotta ask, what competition do you imagine DMN has crushed? The last time I looked D and DO were surviving nicely. Just so you know how journalism really works and not stumble on in ignorance: Every editor in this city who is earning his or her pay routinely picks up and reads copies of the competition and notes those stories that need to be followed. You always hope to scoop the other guy, But sometimes you have to settle on following a story or finding a new angle. That's not '"copy-catting." It's just doing the job. I know this is only a blog, and nobody expects bloggers to follow any particular standard of accuracy and honesty, but you must know if you actually ever take the time to read the DMN that it gets "copy-catted" about as often as it "copy-cats."

   

Bob
Bob

Like a stubborn kidney stone, I know it is difficult for you to let anything pass. I appreciate your response and your brevity. Reading between the lines, I understand that I am unfamiliar with the media, I don't know my Dallas media history and I have never read the DMN. Got it. Guilty.

- 30 -

jfpo
jfpo

There's no money in actual journalism. Feel free to keep dreaming though

astoogebyanyothername
astoogebyanyothername

It's not just that Wick and Timmy represent the whiter collared folks in the area. It's also that they represent the nobles political beliefs, too! It's an election year. The monied folks want a monied man(that'd be Romney or anything with an "R" after it) in the WhiteHouse. Jim, your mag is thought of and, YOU, in particular as a pinkie, marx idolizing, commie rag(ergo, the Dallas monied folks, enemy, Obama). Wick, took a swipe at you....Tim, is taking jabs at you. They wish this magazine to go the way of the Dallas Herald.....watch y'alls backs.....the wealthy have unleashed their hounds!

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Word to the wise Jim - never let Timmy see the tag number on your pickup

Hey-Zeus
Hey-Zeus

 When does the statue of limitations run out on Tim's, "Open Letter to a Litter Bug"? ASk Tim. He loves to talk about it.

Heavy Metal Church Lady
Heavy Metal Church Lady

Can't and won't speak for Rogers, but I think what it meant by that line is that the issue of the highly reflective, radiating, hot-as-Hades Museum Tower is ultimately about us because its death rays are beaming all over the place. 

That's bad for the Nasher, it's bad for the park that is coming, it's bad for pedestrians, it's bad for trees, it's bad for bugs, and it's bad for motorists.

The drive for something new and shiny has resulted in reflective, refracted light in the commons. Why developers keep building these antiquated jeweled palaces is beyond me. They're energy hogs; anything that heats up the area is not a welcome addition to downtown.

SchluderStrip
SchluderStrip

I'd agree with that interpretation, HMCL.  Honestly Jim, your post last week on this subject was pretty underwhelming.  When Dmag released its story on "The towering Inferno," it included undertones of greed and arrogance,  it was compelling, and it told the story of how one of the most iconic Dallas structures (enjoyed by all social and economic classes) was completely screwed off in the process.

Your version sounded like SNL's "Drunk Uncle" going off on a tirade about useless rich people and museums.

Now I know that in the absence of "Ye who used to write about cool old architecture", I should probably lower my standards on anything posted about Dallas construction, but last week's post was no bueno.

Anon
Anon

I don't completely disagree with your conclusion but I'd take issue with your comment about being "enjoyed by all social and economic classes". Pretty sure you mean the middle class and up.

Samantha
Samantha

Its education programs and partnerships impact many students from families of lower socio-economic classes.

Brett Moore 1
Brett Moore 1

You'd be wrong. The Nasher does a pretty damn good job with it's education programs of including all social and economic classes. (As does the DMA.)

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

When they stop considering Park Cities People and the other gala glossies their biggest competition maybe D can turn in to a credible publication again.

cp
cp

You stupid ole hillbilly, you must be from Garland or something, and that's the reason you read this rag and comment on this blog. At least, judging by the drunken comments over on Frontburner...

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You make less sense than a Rick Perry speech.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

"Why couldn't D Magazine go out and visit with some of these rich people and see if the richies might want to come across with a little cash for the old magazine operation? I speak of "investment opportunities in publishing," of course."

I always thought their lists of arbitrary length regarding the best of the white collar service industries: "The 837 Best Proctologists in Dallas!","The 349 Best Botox Clinics in Dallas!", "The 218 Best Divorce Lawyers in Dallas!" (it's been a rough year in law advertising), etc... was their normal channel for rich people investing in D Magazine with a little of editorial camouflage slathered on top to make it look less like a magazine full of ads.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Hell the cover is for sale too. All those lists are advertising. Very much like the "goodhousekeeping seal of approval" which meant you were a paid advertizer

cp
cp

Irony. A word completely lost on Tim Rogers.

Hal K
Hal K

JimS - I wish you had buried the lede 'til the end of your post.

If you won't ask, then I will. What is going on with the Allisons (plural) and what does it mean for their ownership of the publishing empire? A breakup - messy or not -  would cost a lot of money. But I have to say it is nice to have Wick as a Dallas resident (finally) and he has a sweet bachelor pad.

Are Wick-n-Tim's recent spasms against their publishing peers really a "wag the dog" episode to distract from some upcoming news from the court system?

Bob
Bob

 Wait. Are you saying Jim was alluding to Wick and Christine's much-discussed separation and speculated divorce? My take was that Jim was implying that Wick needs cash, but I never connected the dots.

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