Case of music critic vs. Cleveland Orchestra and Plain Dealer goes to trial
Nearly two years ago, longtime music critic Don Rosenberg was reassigned by his newspaper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and prohibited from covering the Cleveland Orchestra becasue he was considered too negative in his reviews of that ensemble's music director, Franz Welser-Most. Rosenberg subsequently sued the paper and the orchestra, an extraordinary action that sent quite a ripple through the arts and journalism worlds.
The case finally went to court this week; jury selection began Monday. One estimate I've seen suggests the trial could last at least two weeks.
I've written a good deal about this matter and have been intervewed about it (most recently for an in-depth story written by Michael Gill for the Cleveland Scene), so I don't need to pontificate here again. Suffice it to say that all of us who believe in criticism (music or otherwise) as a serious and valuable profession should be concerned with the outcome of this trial.