Yes he does read it. Why else would he blacklist it three times?
In fact, I wish he’s just read it rather than blacklist it.
One person told me he thinks Watson is up at five in the morning reading The Bulldog because of his legendary thin skin. Another city-hall type said Watson dismisses The Bulldog and says he doesn’t read it, but strangely, he knows everything that’s in it.
You also notice that periodically he knee-jerks on policy that just happens to coincide with something in The Bulldog.
Bulldog contributors like Ken Gray, Ron Benn, Mike Patton and others provide suggestions that discuss what the city needs to succeed. While the feedback is not always presented on hands and knees, Watson and his staff don’t possess the creativity provided gratis by those listed above.