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Entry from June 20, 2008
Real Estatesman (Austin American-Statesman nickname)

The Austin American-Statesman is the daily newspaper for the capital city of Austin. The Democratic Statesman dates back to 1871, and today’s newspaper is called “The Statesman” for short. “Statesman” (http://www.statesman.com) is also the newspaper’s website.

“Real Estatesman” (or “RealEstatesman") is a popular nickname for the “Statesman” among people who feel that the newspaper overly supports Austin’s developers. The nickname has been used since at least 1992.

There are many other nicknames. When the newspaper makes mistakes, Statesman becomes Mistakesman (a nickname used since at least 1992). “Spaceman” (or Austin American-Spaceman or Austin Spaceman) replaces “Statesman” when people think the newspaper has some far-out views. The nickname “Spaceman” has been used since at least 1994. Un-American Statesman (in print since at least 1994) is another nickname used by those who think the newspaper holds far-left liberal views.


Wikipedia: Austin American-Statesman
The Austin American-Statesman is the major daily newspaper for Austin, the capital city of Texas. It is an award-winning publication owned by Cox Enterprises and edited by Richard Oppel, who led his previous newspaper, the Charlotte Observer to multiple Pulitzers. The Statesman places focus on issues affecting Austin and the Central Texas region.

The Statesman is sometimes referred to as liberal. On balance, its editorials show it to be an amalgam of liberal philosophy combined with strong pro-business sentiment. In this, it reflects the Texas heritage of focusing on business and Austin’s history of being youthful and liberal. However, it did endorse George W. Bush in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, and Republican governor Rick Perry along with every other Republican incumbent in 2006. The Statesman also tends to provide fair coverage of Libertarian Party and Green Party matters.

The Austin American-Statesman competes with the Austin Chronicle, an alternative weekly. The paper tends to print Associated Press, New York Times, The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times international and national news, but has strong Central Texas coverage, especially in political reporting. The Statesman benefits from the culture and writing heritage of Austin. It extensively covers the music scene, especially the annual South by Southwest Music Festival. The newspaper co-sponsors various events around Austin such as the Capital 10K foot race and the Season for Caring charity campaign.

The Statesman’s news website is statesman.com and its entertainment site is Austin360. Both sites are known for embracing citizen journalism because they are among the few newspaper Internet sites to host reader blogs.

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From: (Todd Nix)
Date: 13 Jan 92 14:14:58 GMT
Local: Mon, Jan 13 1992 10:14 am
Subject: Re: DPS Announcement

According to the Real-Estatesman:...

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From: (Mark Linimon)
Date: 17 Jan 92 07:57:25 GMT
Local: Fri, Jan 17 1992 3:57 am
Subject: Re: Impersonating a Newspaper

> One of the few redeeming features in the Austin American-Snakeskin
>is Dave Barry.  Fans may have noticed that Dave didn’t run in his usual
>Sunday Lifestyle slot.  Why?  According to a Statesman staffer questioned
>this morining, the paper needed the space for the DEBUTANTE announcements.
> The prosecution rests.

There appears to me to be an easy and elegant way to exact revenge upon the Real-Estatesman for its error: mention the incident to Dave Barry himself.

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From: (Katherine M. Catmull)
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 1992 15:40:39 GMT
Local: Thurs, Sep 3 1992 11:40 am
Subject: Re: Worthwhile newspapers (WAS Re: Why I read the Economist

In article <78...@ut-emx.uucp> (Joann Zimmerman) writes:
>The local paper (_Austin American-Statesman_, generally known as the
>_RealEstatesman_ or the _SpaceCase_) is notable chiefly for its
>consistency in underestimating the intelligence of its readers;

. . . and its maniacally enthusiastic support of local Chamber of Commerce booster projects—thus the Austin Real Estatesman.

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From: (Jlv)
Date: 1995/05/14
Subject: Electric Mr. smithy

Check the realestatesman for many others you can flame with your expressive ego. 

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From: (doug m)
Date: 1996/01/27
Subject: Re: Gotcha, Austin American Statesman ...

On Sun, 31 Dec 1995 06:12:34 -0600, bubba wrote:
>Thought it was the Awesome American Realestatesman - at least the Sunday
>Edition.

>WIZ OF MOZ wrote:
>> I thought it was the Austin American MISTAKESMAN

also...austin american spaceman

Austin (TX) Chronicle (May 14, 1998)
Could it be because the Chamber of Concrete and the Austin American Real-Estatesman think it’s a great idea?

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From: “arw”
Date: 2000/07/18
Subject: Re: Austin Declares Drought Emergency

It turns out that Kathy is right, or at least has the same information that the Austin American-RealEstatesman had this morning.

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From: (deselby)
Date: 3 Feb 2003 21:58:34 -0800
Local: Tues, Feb 4 2003 1:58 am
Subject: Re: No more swimming in Barton Springs Pool (Austin’s Love Canal)

Relax, pal. There ain’t no poison in Barton Springs. Rich Oppel over at the Austin American RealEstatesman is trying to run this little show, but its about to backfire on him.  Just relax, wait and see.

Austin (TX) Chronicle (June 20, 2003)
They don’t call it the Austin American-Real Estatesman for nothing. 

Poynter Online: Newspaper Nicknames
Austin
Posted by peter blum 10/28/2003 2:27:12 PM
The American-Real Estatesman. another favorite.

Poynter Online: Newspaper Nicknames
More Texas nicknames
Posted by Jim Cullen 10/28/2003 5:38:28 PM
Austin American Real-Estatesman (American-Statesman).

M1EK’s Bake Sale of Bile
The Statesman Loves New Construction
The Statesman has long been reviled by environmentalists as the RealEstatesman, with an apparent bias towards new greenfield construction (whose purveyors consume a substantial majority of the advertising space in the paper). This weekend’s fluff piece on the AMD development is no exception.
(...)
Posted by m1ek on April 25, 2005 02:51 PM

Democratic Underground
NoPasaran
Fri May-13-05 02:06 PM
6. Austin American-Realestatesman
Never met a slab of concrete they didn’t like.

Austin (TX) American-Statesman - Talk of Austin blog
By Joe Bob
November 10, 2006 08:37 AM | Link to this
The Austin American-Realestatesman, is a rag I won’t even put in a birdcage.

Democratic Underground
sonias
Fri Jan-26-07 04:22 PM
2. No surprise
We pronounce AAS, as “ass” here in Austin. We also call them the Austin RealEstatesman because they’re all about sprawl.

Telecaster Guitar Forum - What is your newspaper’s nickname?
LESPAULKID
June 6th, 2008, 02:54 PM
Austin American-Statesman aka Austin UnAmerican-Realestatesman...LPK

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Friday, June 20, 2008 • Permalink