Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dying Legacy Publications, Joe Straus cronies, and the UT Politburo....

Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
1 Corinthians 15:33

[Author's Note: Learn about Paul Hobby's background here.]

For those who've never heard of it, "Texas Monthly" is a generally uninteresting publication that includes coverage of the Texas Legislature.  They were recently purchased by a Joe Straus crony (who Straus has appointed to the Texas "Ethics" Commission) who had previously served on the Board of Trustees for the UT law school foundation (yes, that UT Law School foundation).  Shortly after the presidential election, their dreadfully boring editor in chief quit under strange circumstances.

They announced the new editor in chief this morning, and you'll never guess who they picked.
Texas Monthly selects new editor, creative chief
Tim Taliaferro, most recently editor of Alcalde magazine and vice president for communications and digital strategy for Texas Exes, has been named the new editor in chief of Texas Monthly magazine, where he once served as an intern.
The magazine also named Scott Brown as chief creative officer, said Paul Hobby, Texas Monthly’s chairman and CEO. Brown was previously president and CEO of the Company and Others, a Houston marking and research firm.
“I am thrilled to announce the appointment of both Tim and Scott,” said Hobby, whose private equity firm, Genesis Park, purchased Texas Monthly earlier this year for $25 million. “I believe they are the perfect individuals to lead our brand forward, particularly in the areas of digital journalism and live events.”
[Author's Note: Emphasis added.]
The "Texas Exes" are the alumni association for UT-Austin.  While most people have only ever heard of them for their game-day football tailgates, the Texas Exes are actually one of the most quietly powerful political organizations in the state.  Suffice to say, they're a mouthpiece for the Politburo.

And Paul Hobby just chose to make the editor of their main publication the new editor in chief of "Texas Monthly."

For more of Tim Taliaferro's priceless history, see here and here.

Bottom Line: Move along, no good ol' boy network to see here....

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