Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Barry Hortsman Has Been Reassigned Off the Streetcar, Mostly
Sources indicate that starting this week, Enquirer reporter Barry Hortsman takes on the role of general investigative reporter in a new investigative/data unit at the Enquirer. He will be off the transportation beat, which as reported here before is going to Amanda Van Benschoten. The best news is that he will be handing off the Streetcar issue, mostly, to Van Benschoten. It appears he may remain involved on some stories or issues involving the Streetcar, but it will not be his beat. What we can now do is pay close attention to the bylines and credits on stories involving the Streetcar, seeing how the tone/facts sway. If we get story after story involving COAST or Chris Smitherman press releases, we can see if Hortsman's name is there. If not, then I think the bias against the Streetcar will point right to the editors. If we don't get Streetcar stories that go to COAST or Smitherman or Tom Luken for the anti-streetcar bias, then I will jump for joy. There are plenty of sane anti-streetcar people out there. They are far to often ignorant, but they are respectable. I'd suggest Amanda stick to City Council Republicans. They are against it and they should be happy to make the City know they are against it.