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The fascinating story of the battle between The Cleveland Plain Dealer, its high-profile music critic, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra has been a long-standing buzz topic in the arts world.
In short, critic consistantly writes negatively about maestro. Symphony pressures newspaper. Newspaper demotes critic.
The play by play is more complicated than that. You can–and, if you are remotely interested in arts and media, should–read the play by play in Cleveland Magazine’s recent article here.
My question? What should happen when the pen of the critic for the paper of record consistantly draws blood from a top-dog arts organization? Did the inevitable happen or was there another solution to the problem? And, ultimately, were the readers served?