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Boss pans Plain Dealer critic

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

If you want to know what's going on in Cleveland, then I guess you have to read the New York Times.

It hasn't gotten much ink in the Plain Dealer, but there's been a firestorm nationally over the paper's decision to remove its classical music critic, Donald Rosenberg, who often criticized the Cleveland Orchestra's conductor, Franz Welser-Most. Rosenberg, a well-respected and knowledgeable critic, has been reassigned to serve as an entertainment reporter.

The Times ran an interesting and balanced story on Sept. 24 on the Plain Dealer's decision.

You can read about the controversy over Rosenberg's reassignment at the Los Angeles Times, too, and the Cleveland Scene. See especially also this blog post from Baltimore Sun critic Tim Smith, with many reader comments from people in the Cleveland music scene. The Plain Dealer's take comes from its "reader representative," Ted Diadiun. I think his defense of the paper's actions is unconvincing, but you can read it for yourself here.

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