Shares Concerns Over Burnt Orange Report

RECEIVED Fri., April 6, 2012

Dear Editor,
    Nick Barbaro's striking description of the Burnt Orange Report as "the political consultancy masquerading as a news source" [“Consider the Source: Boring Into BOR,” News, April 6] resonates with those of us who have watched its continuing practice of endorsing every establishment Democrat who comes down the pike with ties to its staff, past, present, and future, or the small universe of political consultants and operatives who continually shuffle from campaign staffs to public payrolls and back. This breaks the heart of those who recall the youthful exuberance with which it was begun by a handful of UT students. Alas, Eric Hoffer described the route BOR has traveled when he wrote that "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business and eventually degenerates into a racket."
Dave Shapiro
   [Editor's note: Hoffer's quote is actually, “Up to now, America has not been a good milieu for the rise of a mass movement. What starts out here as a mass movement ends up as a racket, a cult, or a corporation,” but is often misquoted as, "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket."]
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