Update on case of Cleveland Plain Dealer music critic who sued newspaper, orchestra
One of the two complaints in the suit brought by longtime music critic Don Rosenberg against his employer, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, was thrown out by the judge. That involved a claim of retaliation, when the paper, having taken Rosenberg off the Cleveland Orchestra beat, prohibited from ever using the words "Cleveland Orchestra" in another story. The paper argued that Rosenberg's suit made that necessary. The writer's age discrimination charge remains.
An interesting passage from the latest news report by Plain Dealer staffer Michael Scott (I've learned that his coverage has been in print as well as online) involves testimony of editors of the paper, past and present. They all admitted
Former executive editor Doug Clifton, who also testified that Cleveland Orchestra music director Franz Welser-Most "wasn't getting a fair break from The Plain Dealer," was asked "why he hadn't consulted other classical music critics or experts regarding Rosenberg's opinions about Welser-Most. "This wasn't a judgment about music, but a judgment about journalism -- and about what constitutes fair journalism," Clifton said.
Sounds to me like the editors didn't care whether Rosenberg's artistic judgment might be valid, only that a lot of people were tired of reading it. A journalistic decision?