Press: Shootout in the Big D

Two once drowsy Texas dailies blaze away, and both benefit

Few American cities nowadays can boast two thriving newspapers. As a result, old-fashioned journalistic competition is practically a thing of the past. Gone are the days when rival dailies would scramble to beat one another on every story, raid newsrooms across the land for talent, open new out-of-town bureaus like bottles of beer, and in the process keep getting livelier and better.

Dallas is a notable exception to that woeful rule. There, a Texas-style shoot-out is being staged by two local papers: the deeply conservative...

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