DMN: Rodeo gives Houston reporter a rough ride
As usual, Dallas Morning News Houston reporter Bruce Nichols is beating the Chronicle in their backyard, with a solid story on Wayne Dolcefino and his recent dustup with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (and apparently his own television station).
Here is news that we haven't seen elsewhere:
When Mr. Dolcefino pressed questions about how charitable the rodeo actually is – asking about cushy offices, high staff salaries and how much officials pay big-name musical acts – the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo filed suit to rein him in.
Mr. Dolcefino's employers, KTRK-TV, a longtime rodeo supporter and ABC affiliate, declined to air his story. Mr. Dolcefino threatened to quit and went on what amounts to a strike. He's had little to say publicly, and station officials have declined to comment.
This is amusing:
Journalists worry when it appears community pressure is blocking a news inquiry, but the dust-up has gone almost unnoticed outside media circles. The Houston Chronicle, which touted the rodeo's success on the front page, has run two inside stories on problems in Wayne's world.
Where is the Chronicle on this local story?
Trailing the Dallas Morning News, once more.