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December 12, 2008

The Critic vs. His Paper (and the Orchestra)

Show of hands: How many of the writers out there have ever been ordered by an editor or publisher to back off "negative" coverage of a prominent institution that's pressuring your news outlet? (My hand is up.) How many of the editors out there have ever been pressured by higher-ups to fire a critic because of complaints from a prominent institution that's feeling persecuted by bad reviews? (My hand is up again.)

For anyone who's been in either of those infuriating, too-common positions, there's no way not to be heartened by former Cleveland Plain Dealer classical music critic Donald Rosenberg's possibly quixotic lawsuit protesting his removal from his beat. From today's Plain Dealer

Plain Dealer reporter Donald Rosenberg has sued the newspaper, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Musical Arts Association among others for what he called a conspiracy to oust him from a beat he held for 15 years.

In the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Rosenberg charges that the arts association and other defendants launched a campaign to destroy his reputation as a music critic following a 2004 article that presented the orchestra's conductor, Franz Welser-Möst, in a negative light.

It's nice to see Rosenberg taking a stand, whether or not he has a leg to stand on, legally.
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