Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Duct-Tape Gang Member Says 'Let's Not Lose It'

In case you missed it -- one of the remaining reporters at the News-Press made the following comment -- it bears repeating....

As one of the duct-tape gang, I would like to express my appreciation to those who attended our event Friday on short notice and others in the community who have offered support.

I hope that several thousand people can attend Tuesday's event. This was covered briefly on Friday but bears repeating: I can't stress enough the importance of keeping the discourse civil and on-point.

If the rally devolves into a political event and/or an "F.U. fest," it helps Travis' and Wendy's cause. Please keep the doctrine of clean hands in mind ... we have the momentum, so let's not lose it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Made that comment where and to whom?

Confidentially to Sara De la Guerra?

7/17/2006 12:17 AM  
Blogger Liew said...

Wow ... just wow ...

7/17/2006 12:19 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

The comment was made on an earlier post...

7/17/2006 6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with the "duct tape gang" member. Just because I am offended by the violations of principle by the NP ownership does not mean I am any more in favor of the Pritchett's, Blum's and Laurents of this world. We don't mean to place you on a podium when we protest against the treatment of the fine people at the News Press.Remember that when you grab that microphone.

Discretion please.

El Rayo X

7/17/2006 6:59 AM  
Anonymous BONES said...

Sing along with BONES!

here's a folk-blues song I'm gonna sing at the rally called...

" Dont Worry Starshine"

Starshine came out to stand with her colleagues
on a black day for journalism and freedom of speech
Wendy was hiding, like a witch in a tower
Travis was drinkin', more by the hour
and Nipper was trying to figure out how
to get into Wendy's big cash cow


300 people and more on the way
looking for journalistic justice on judgement day
and if Wendy's got nothing better to do
maybe she can tell us what the hell she's trying to prove
you owe it to Starshine and the rest of us ,too
'cos the mess that you made is coming back to you


copyright 2006 by BONES

7/17/2006 7:34 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Bones -- Feels a little bit like objectification to me....I'm assuming you really are singing it, it's a joke and that she'd laugh about it.

7/17/2006 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NYT article by Sharon Waxman, with quotes from Wendy McCaw, saying, " Amid all the turmoil, she said she was reading the paper only “occasionally.”"

7/17/2006 9:28 AM  
Anonymous BONES said...

SARA..YESSS..the object of my attention is Starshine and her colleagues and Wendy's actions, too..naturally it is poking fun, not to be taken too literally..but it rocks when you hear it! C'mon SARA.. loosen up and sing with me..Don't worry Starshine....

7/17/2006 9:32 AM  
Blogger snugspout said...

I put a summary of my inquiry into the age of the News-Press on my inaugural blog entry at:

I think the News-Press has been fudging its age to be older, by a minimum of 8 years, and maybe by as much as 13 years. If the true start date was 1868, then the august community of Bakersfield has an older daily than the upstart Santa Barbara. Oh and by the way... no-one even bothered to trace the Spanish-language newspapers, which probably are the earliest for Santa Barbara. It was common in the 1860's +- a decade or so for the English language ones to publish a page or a few pages in Spanish, but the pure Spanish newspapers seem to be more elusive...

Well thanks Sara for getting me into this.


7/17/2006 12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a July 23, 2000 New York Times story about McCaw buying the News-Press,

"Ms. McCaw said she would do well, while respecting the paper's independence.

'I will not have any role in the news-gathering or reporting process,' she said. 'I would hope that no friend or acquaintance of mine asks me to intercede with the paper; but if they did, I would tell them what I just told you.'

But what did she tell Rob Lowe?

7/17/2006 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Monday, Jul 17
The News-Supress

A protest against Wendy McCaw, the billionaire owner of the Santa Barbara News-Press, is scheduled for tomorrow, promising to fan the flames of journalistic outrage that is burning through this college/resort town.

In her first interview since the walk-out, McCaw told the New York Times: "This is not a freedom of the press issue, or of intimidation of the newsroom. There were personality differences in the newsroom, and the people who didn't want to be there are not there any longer."

Please, Wendy. We've worked at newspapers. There are always personality differences, and nobody wants to be there. How can you, of all people not know that? Oh, right. You're the chick who claims only to read your own paper "occasionally."

We can't get enough of this story. Not just because it stars an out-of-touch megalomanic (the best kind, really). Not just because it's an allegory of all that is wrong with media today -- be it corporate-owned or local (the paper's profit margin rose to 25 percent from 11, while readership declined by 8,000 in the last six years). Not just because it makes us go, "Santa Barbara? Really? This is happening in Santa Barbara? But because this isn't like the union vs. management newspaper wars we're used to. This isn't Detroit. It isn't even Seattle.

This is . . . this is real. This a fight about what it means to "control" the news, rather than report it. At a time when the national media is just waking up to the fact that it's suppose to, you know, double-check stuff that's said at White House briefings, it's refreshing to know there are at least eight journalists in Santa Barbara who remember why they went into this business in the first place.

Posted by Mayrav | 09:01 PM | Newspapers

7/17/2006 10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word is even Dan Secord, endorsed by the News-Press for supervisor, will join the protest tomorrow.

7/17/2006 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just remember if you bring any small children at the rally don't let them stand between the politicos or pontifacators and the cameras or microphones. With the national media attention it just might be the most dangerous place in the world.

7/18/2006 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BIGGER WORD is that SECORD, ENDORSED BY THE NEWS-PRESS and LOVED BY TRAVIS, is now trying to pretend to be "of the people";

Give it up Dan. Travis' fawning all over you is in black and white.

7/18/2006 9:20 AM  

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