March 10, 2008

Escape From Springfield

(Deep movie announcer voice): In a world where opinions are cheap, one man fought partisan stupidiity with an independent voice. Now, it’s game over.

Ron Davis reports this morning (confirmed by e-mail by the man in question) that Tony Messenger is leaving the Springfield News-Leader. Tony tells me he’s going to work in the Capitol bureau of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

This is a big loss. Tony brought an independent mind and take-no-shit attitude to the job of editorial page editor. I’ll have more to say about this later.

In honor of the man and his time served here, I’m asking Springfield’s bloggers to meet Tony for a cold one at the Patton Alley Pub tomorrow (Tue.) around 6 p.m.

One Response

  1. No real disrespect intended, but the Jefferson’s theme music came to mind when I read that he’s headed to St. Louis…

    I’m sure there will be quite a few people looking carefully at anyone the News Leader decides to bring in next.