Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Where's the Rest of the Story?

Yet again, her man at De la Guerra continues to conveniently leave Council Member Falcone's significant campaign funds and spending out of his discussion of campaign finances. As a recent comment stated, the NP editorial pages are like FOX News -- say it enough and it is true, whether it is or not. Perhaps the corollary is if you don't say it enough, it must be true.

And this was a clear indication of his contempt for the Mayor:

TODAY'S CHUCKLE: Last week, Mayor Marty Blum reportedly said she's not going to read the editorial section of this newspaper, but instead use it for kitty litter. Reminds one of statements by George W. Bush, doesn't it?

Mrs. Blum will miss a lot from our contributors, her constituents. Or maybe not. Check out the letters on Page G2 for one from Mrs. Blum. She's responding to a Nov. 9 reader's letter.

A broken vow already from the mayor?

So will Mrs. Blum read her own submission to the editorial section before she puts it in the cat box?

Ironic statements after months of Blum supporters not getting any play in the letters section.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, my copy of the N-Op lines the bird cages -- after being read, of course. Some of those editorial pages pictures make great guano targets. Too bad this blog won't let me upload a picture.

11/13/2005 7:54 AM  
Blogger john san roque said...

Like most of his other politically-biased comments, Armstrong's analogy comparing Blum's newspaper reading to George Bush's is either intentionally misleading or just poorly reasoned. Blum's comment about using the NP editorials to line her litter box is understandable because the NP has no interest in providing balanced opinions or analysis in coverage of Blum.

Bush's comments weren't about editorial writers who disagreed with him. He proudly stated that he didn't read newspapers at all. Given his complete ignorance of the devastation of New Orleans until one of his aides informed him several days after the fact, we have to take him at his word on that.

If any of the editorial braintrust of the News-Press reads Blogabarbara, it would be a great benefit to us to hear something of the philosophy behind their editorial stance on local politics. Do they believe that editorials have a basic responsibility to be fair? Or, as it seems from reading Armstrong's opinions, that editorial content is meant only to sway the readership and has no responsibility to present both sides of an issue? I'd really like to know. I can't recall reading any paper (and I actually do read a lot of them) that is so unsubtle and eager to trash all actions of a political figure.

It's especially interesting because the recent election shows how removed the News-Press is from the sentiments of its readership. Considering the NP recommendations on candidates and propositions, editorial endorsement seems to be the kiss of death.

11/13/2005 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should get on your knees and thank God for Travis Armstrong. Without him you have zero to contribute. This blog is completely reactive to the News Press. If they are so irrelevant why your obsession? By the time of your morning and evening posts you wake up and go to bed with Travis on your mind. Not good.

11/13/2005 10:15 AM  
Blogger john san roque said...

I don't recall anyone saying the News Press is irrelevant. I don't think the area's only daily newspaper can be irrelevant, especially when it goes out of its way to attack certain political figures and absolve others.

If the News Press offered its editorial opinions in a fairer manner, you wouldn't get the type of response you see in forums like this. Or if the News Press allowed opinions other than its own to be aired in the paper, the reaction wouldn't be as strong.

If I'm obsessed, it's because my obsession is for decent journalistic standards for my community's daily paper.

11/13/2005 12:45 PM  
Blogger David Pritchett said...

regarding "Reactive to Newspress"

Yes, a bit too much of the topics are totally a response with rebuttal of what was in Newspress that day.

Instead, just post a variety of topics with only 25 or so words of initial analysis or opening comment. Better to have more topics based on what are the hot issues, rather than just a topic inspired only by the daily newspaper.

Actually, a first topic simply can be to solicit comments on future topics, such as:
* what did or did not work for the recent council candidates,
* council candidates predicted for 2007 and 2009,
* will a wider freeway just fill with more cars anyway
* Mission County, needed or not
* Brooks Firestone, needed or not
* and more and more...

11/13/2005 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brooks Firestone vs. who will determine needed or not needed.

11/14/2005 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another can't exist without Travis posting. Let it go. She said it and then writes a letter to the editor. It's red meat, what would you do? She takes the bait everytime.

11/15/2005 9:08 PM  

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