Fort Worth paper lays off consumer watchdog columnist
by Chris Roush
Dave Lieber, the consumer watchdog columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has been laid off after 20 years at the paper.
Jeff Prince of the Fort Worth Weekly writes, “Lieber accepted the layoff with grace and his typical optimistic outlook.
“‘I thank the paper for giving me 20 of the most exciting years a guy could ever have in Texas,’ he said. ‘The Star-Telegram prepared me for the rest of my life – to help people.’
“The layoff makes little sense — Lieber was an enthusiastic and absolutely tireless promoter of himself, his column, and the newspaper. Lieber’s prominent face and voice was on a level with fellow columnists Bud Kennedy and Bob Ray Sanders.
“And Lieber did a lot of good for the community, looking out for underdogs, the voiceless, the aged, the conned, and the screwed over.
“‘He was an invaluable asset, you would think, given the fact that the kind of advocacy journalism and community interaction he supplied were among the few points of difference that the Star-Telegram — or any local daily for that matter — can still offer to keep themselves relevant,’ said a former Star-Telegram writer who was previously laid off. ‘It’s as if management is trying to steer the paper to a premature death.’”
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