Did Mike Snyder Also Troll Unfair Park in Defense of Museum Tower? A Blog Can Dream.

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It has come to our attention that some people in Dallas are leaving comments on the Internet under a false identity. Our world is thusly shattered.

In an investigation published Sunday, The Dallas Morning News revealed that the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System has been orchestrating a PR campaign against the Nasher Sculpture Center, the latest twist in the Museum Tower glare controversy. To sway public opinion against the Nasher and in support of the glare, the pension hired former Channel 5 anchor Mike Snyder, who owns a consulting firm.

What type of highly sophisticated brand-management tactics did Snyder use? He posted comments on the internet under a fake name. On stories in D Magazine and the Morning News, Snyder trash-talked the Nasher under the fake names of "Barry Schwarz" and "Brandon Eley," the DMN report reveals. This led to the question on everyone's mind all the time: BUT WHAT ABOUT US?

We strapped on a hazmat suit and waded into our own comments in search of comments that look suspicious in light of this new information. Here they are.

A commenter named "eleyman" who got way too worked up about venetian blinds
Is that eley as in "Brandon Eley" aka one of the fake names the Pension Fund invented? Seems like it. In November, Anna Merlan ridiculed Museum Tower officials for proposing that the Nasher change its roof to fend off the Museum Tower's glare. The Nasher's director of external affairs, Jill Magnuson, told Anna that the Nasher would not change its roof, and that the Pension Fund's suggestion was a mere "a publicity stunt." The commenter Eleyman was not pleased.

"Jill Magnuson is a piece of work, calling this a 'publicity stunt,'" he wrote. His very long comment then assails the Nasher's architect, the Mayor, and, finally, venetian blinds. "Check the internet, when the blinds are down on the building in Germany you can hardly see out and the building looks like a jail. Nasher didn't tell you that did they?"

A commenter named "Barry," who has an unhealthy obsession with "fixing" the Nasher's roof
Barry Schwarz? Is that you? In a 460-word opus left on a story last month, a commenter who only identified himself as Barry defended the Pension's roof idea. Here's a highlight: "While the mainstream media has been claiming the Pension System was doing nothing or stalling over the past 18 months,  its team of experts were spending thousands of hours pouring over 22 different solutions, and the science and engineering led to only one solution that was a 100% fix for the Museum Tower reflections into the Nasher galleries..."

Other commenters immediately suspected him of working for the Museum Tower or the Pension.

"Siam," a loyal Dallas Observer commenter, but only on glare stories
Siam has posted seven comments on Dallas Observer blog items. Every single comment fiercely defends the Pension Fund. Something else that's suspicious: Siam, like eleyman, really fucking hates Venetian blinds:<

"The louvers, more accurately a venetian blind looking contraption that the Mayor, Tom Luce and the Nasher are trying to shove down the throats of the Museum Tower owners will not fix the problem, they will reflect sun too, and they are ugly as hell," Siam wrote in a comment that rings in at 725 words.

Siam, Eleyman, Barry: If you want to salvage your reputation, please call me and prove that you are real people. Or if it's you, Mike, please call me using a fake voice, and really start earning those consulting dollars.


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primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Clearly the pension fund has serious issues regarding their investment decisions; too much local big ticket, projects, underwater investments, excessive use of a nobody real estate grjoup officing in the same building, "due diligence" trips to exotic locations, etc.

This latest bucket of dirty tricks involving Nasher supporters likewise compels additional scrutiny. The pension, through its lawyers, extorted Christina Rees, a TVU curator, into pulling down her FaceBook comments by threatening to sue her for a bushel full of bullshity claims knowing she could not afford to litigate these matters. They next ratcheted the pressure by sending copies to several higher ups at TCU, her employer. All of us who value out freedom to express our opinions here at the DO, DMag, DmN or FaceBook should be sensitive to this kind of pressure.

When the pressure comes from the pension, a government instrumentality funded in large measure by the City from its residents' taxes, this 75205 feud became a crime against a bystander whose only connection the pension's interests was her self expression. These pension administrators are haughty thugs. They take obvious glee at their ability to threaten the weakest among us. Their judgment is that of a prison gang and their morals and ethics are even worse.

Jim Schutze, Eric Brantley and the rest of your colleagues, spend time on this. We are looking at patently incorrigible behavior and the waste of millions of dollars. And it being Dallas, better than even odds of pay to play violations. Whatever the science, law and fairness of the Tower's glare, it casts a soft shadow compared with the criminal-like actions and thinking of the pension and its apparatchiks.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

I for one welcome our Venetian blind troll overlords

ryan762
ryan762

I also hate Venetian blinds.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

Have you had anybody post as "DoYouWANTSomeOfThis"?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Just wait until you people find out who Myrna really is.  Tee hee!

nammer
nammer

I knew those comments were fake...btw Brandon Eley's facebook page was up earlier this morning...


Scott W. Hatfield
Scott W. Hatfield

the Big-D failed experiment trifecta is now complete and come full circle ... Channel 5's "JaM" marketing play; Belo's Cue-Cat and the Museum Tower w/ the "M" of "JaM" in the mix. Gotta' love a happy ending.

Rooster0620
Rooster0620

Are we sure one of those identities isn't Shutze? Hell, as passionate as he has been lately about the rich people's fight, I'm starting to think both he and Snyder are cashing the same checks...

lisareneemerito
lisareneemerito

The Tower is not "part" of the Arts District.  It is an residential building that has only one claim - that it is NEXT TO the arts.  The Nasher is why they want to be there.  Change the Tower and leave real art alone.

Tom434
Tom434

This needs to be resolved my a WWE cage match or at an MMA event

BigFatNobody
BigFatNobody

Many of us who side with the Tower, in that the Nasher should cooperate with the Tower so we can get back to the business of actually promoting the arts and the Arts District are, are in fact, opinionated art fans.  I don't know Mike Snyder and guess most don't either.  I do know that statistically, 70% of what is printed in the media comes from PR firms and their spin, although I'd guess it's higher at the DMN. Judging by this latest spin in favor or the Nasher. This whole thing is starting to smell like racketeering. I honestly feel sorry for their editorial board and am so ashamed of Dallas leaders.  "Silence like a cancer grows."

lg71050
lg71050

Look, if you were Mike Snyder you'd pretend to be somebody else, too.

BigFatNobody
BigFatNobody

@lisareneemerito You are absolutely incorrect. The Arts District is a defined geographical area that includes art, restaurants, condominiums, commercial office buildings and the service industries that inhabit their space, transportation, historical churches, and hopefully someday, retail space. Unfortunately retail space won't happen until these misguided leaders start doing their job of creating positive working relationships between all the parties involved and our media decides to start wearing their pants, that comes with being true to the sanctity of publishing. 

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

"We want justice! We want THUNDERDOME!"

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@BigFatNobody" opinionated art fans "  Redundant.  I've never met any other type of art fan.

bmarvel
bmarvel

@BigFatNobody "..This whole thing is starting to smell like racketeering."

We were sitting around the table with Big Mike just last night and Gary the Bug says, Whadda we gonna do about this tower thing? And Bang-bang Rees says maybe it's time we called in Jess the Pig and Big Tony, break a few legs. And Big Mike suddenly slams the table and says "That's it!" And Bang-Bang says, "That's what? We gonna whack this Mike Snyder guy?" And Big Mike says "No, you moron. Break, break. We're gonna do what we shoulda done down right away. We're gonna start breaking windows."

wcvemail
wcvemail

@BigFatNobody Are you an intern, or paid empl? Good writing for an intern, but for a paid empl, you're trying too hard to sound like an average Everyman. Gotta fake earnest, outraged sincerity better.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@BigFatNobody I think the DMN story and this follow-up show off the media's trousers to good effect. DMN?! Yeah, they're wearing fine wool, dry-clean-only, well-tailored pants with this investigation.

observist
observist topcommenter

@RTGolden1 @BigFatNobody  That's because the value of art is based 2% on the physical appearance of the work and 98% on the opinion of critics, dealers, and collectors.  One red canvas is a "modern masterpiece" and another red canvas is just a red canvas.

BigFatNobody
BigFatNobody

@wcvemail  Neither. Just a plain Jane tax payer, who is outraged, but thank you, I've been told I should pursue a career in writing. 

bmarvel
bmarvel

@BigFatNobody @wcvemail Mike, is that you?? Hello...Mike. Mike?  Speak to us.

BigFatNobody
BigFatNobody

@wcvemail That was good. Yes, it's true that the whole world is watching. They are rolling their eyes at our sophomoric media and laughing at our Arts District leaders. It's so heartbreaking, really.. 

BigFatKnowbody
BigFatKnowbody

@bmarvel   Is threatening in jest part of the pension package?  Nice. I'll be sure and leave a note.

bmarvel
bmarvel

@BigFatNobody Then Big Mike looks around the table. "Anybody know this FatNobody joker? He's starting to get on my nerves." Gary the Bug scrapes the last of the cannolli off his plate. "Boss, you want I should shake the tree a little and see who falls out? Bam-Bam could pop him." Big Mike shakes his head. "He got fingers, don't he? Give him a nice manicure. Make sure he don't type so good after that."  

BigFatNobody
BigFatNobody

@casiepierce The retired DMN employee is not exactly without bias.Assuming he is collecting a pension check from the DMN, his opinion still technically works for them.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@BigFatNobody @bmarvel But... other than on here, you've never heard of Bill Marvel? Are you sure that you're from Dallas, the town that you're so in love with?

BigFatNobody
BigFatNobody

@brad.brazeal  LOL. The residents will be paying stink loads of property taxes that will keep the doors to arts open.  I am not one of them, but as an artist, I support their right to support us.

brad.brazeal
brad.brazeal

@BigFatNobody Right, cause nothing instills confidence in local artists more than siding with a residential building that they can't afford to live in over a museum that displays art.

BigFatNobody
BigFatNobody

@James080  I understand completely, but once we went down that path, we've never been able to shake glass houses, and never will. If Dallas continues to grow at the predicted rate, more glass will be built up around the Nasher. I just think common sense would be to protect themselves against the inevitable. 

If you review the federal guidelines involved in racketeering, OOJ, is at the top of the list. I'm not saying the DMN is committing racketeering, however, the local media attempting to try this in the paper, in favor of the Nasher, feels like slippery slope. 

I am in love with my home town and believe this, slipperiness is why  the Sculpture Center, which I adore, needs to cooperate, so we can move forward, on behalf of our arts and local artists.

James080
James080 topcommenter

@BigFatNobody  

Naw...old construction guy in private employment.  I just never cared for glass envelope high-rise construction.

Who is obstructing justice?  That term has nothing to do with racketeering.

BigFatNobody
BigFatNobody

@James080  No, do you work for the Nasher or the DMN? Obstruction of justice is considered racketeering. I'll give this to the DMN. They did just what they set out to do. Now, everyone thinks everyone else is a fraud. Awesome!  

James080
James080 topcommenter

@BigFatNobody  

Are you a Dallas Police or Dallas Fire employee?

Please, enlighten us on your racketeering charge.

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