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    July 12, 2008

    How was your day, Express readers?

    Posted by: Chris

    Danrenzi1 When last we checked in on Dan Renzi, "Real World: Miami" alum turned editor of the Express Gay News, South Florida's gay newspaper, he was editorializing about how his Latino boy toy didn't speak English very well. We hoped against hope that his curious selection to run a serious newspaper might result in young Dan exploring the big bad world that exists below the surface he is so used to barely scratching.

    Alas, the early returns aren't encouraging. This week's "editorial" is about how he took the day off from his Express duties to work as a stringer for Us Weekly, trying to gather dirt on baseball phenom Alex Rodriguez, rumored to be having an affair with Madonna. Is this was "E-List" celebs do in their spare time? Dig dirt on those with higher listings?

    Dan's gift of gab is well-suited for his blog "How was your day, Dan?" or even for 411, the lifestyle mag produced out of the same Fort Lauderdale offices as the Express. But readers of South Florida's only serious gay publication deserve better than an editor who has decided to treat his editorial column "like it's a big blog post from now on.  Screw the politics and the news is unnecessary."

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    Comments

    1. mike on Jul 14, 2008 4:42:38 PM:

      why are you always picking on this guy?

    1. James on Jul 15, 2008 6:56:47 AM:

      Let it go. Let it go.

    1. outpostah on Jul 15, 2008 9:30:06 AM:

      Dan isn't the first less-than-serious journalist to get published or take control of a media outlet. He won't be the last, either. Anyway, don't you have bigger fish to fry?

    1. Double T on Jul 15, 2008 10:39:52 AM:

      I have to agree with Mike/James/Outpostah.

      Did Express hire this guy for hard hitting news or because he's eye candy that the boys spank it, while looking at his picture?

    1. Colin on Jul 15, 2008 11:05:58 AM:

      I personally have to agree with Chris, Dan isn't doing the Express any favors whatsoever. And I can see why Chris is particularly interested. He used to work as editor for the Express' sister publications. So it's personal to him, even if you don't care about Dan or the Express.

      I think this whole episode is an interesting anecdote about the current state of media nationally (e.g., Murdoch trying to dumb down and pretty up the Wall Street Journal, Fournier trying to editorialize more in Washington AP articles) as well as gay media in particular.

      The interesting thing is that all of these trends in media are a reaction to blogs like Citizen Crain. :) As more people get information from and seem to prefer opinionated or entertaining news sources like Fox News & blogs, the more stoic old guard organizations are attempting to adjust their style to be more entertaining and opinionated. Ultimately, I think it's a bad trend and only serves to splinter the American experience further. Who are the ultimate arbiters of facts? Whither truth?

    1. Randy on Jul 15, 2008 11:02:06 PM:

      I'm on the fence on this one. I agree with Chris' views on Dan. I had hoped Dan would have pulled in some journalistic genes through exposure to the Real ... er media world. However it doesn't look like that happened. It's clutter in my mind and something I don't have time for. So maybe it is worth letting go.

      This weekend I'll be in substantive blogger heaven at Netroots Nation in Austin. How can you not enjoy such an experience with Kos, Trippi, Dean, Pelosi, and a host of others in the progressive blogosphere. Good replacement for the lack of substance at the Express.

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