Why Is the 'Chronicle' Not Covering the Moser Story?

RECEIVED Sat., March 28, 2009

Dear Austin Chronicle,
    I find it a bit bizarre that aside from a small bit in "Headlines" [News, March 27] and a mention in "After a Fashion" [March 27], there is no other speak of Stephen Moser's meltdown in the latest issue. He [allegedly] set fire to a car in a parking garage! In a fur coat! Terminal illness aside (which excuses nothing), this guy has much to answer for. A darling of society and fashion mavericks of Austin, Stephen is expected, in my view, to behave just like the rest of us. Don't shield him – report about it! I read his column every week and expect the Chronicle to report about this affair fairly as it would would any other issue it covers.
Just wanted to say,
Brandon Watts
   [Louis Black responds: The incident involving Stephen Moser was noted because he writes for us. In general, however, this is not the kind of story the Chronicle covers. Therefore we didn't pay special attention to it, though we noted it. In no way can I explain or justify Stephen's actions. They are none of my business. You are wandering onto my turf when you state, "A darling of society and fashion mavericks of Austin, Stephen is expected, in my view, to behave just like the rest of us." Criminal and harmful activities are never to be condoned, but in having Stephen do the column, I in no way expected him to act like the "rest of us." When he started the column, we were aware and regarded as attributes that he was over the top, outrageous, outspoken, and given to the grand gesture.]
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