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Thursday, December 28, 2006

BlogaBarbara 2006 in Review: May to July

May:
May began with a look a sheriff race spam generated by Sheriff Anderson. We looked at what I called a vendetta by Travis Armstrong against Mayor Blum and new member of the TKA List Brian Barnwell. While Armstrong kept asking about where Susan Rose was in the 2nd District race in editorial after editorial, I announced the Armstrong DUI after sitting on it for several days. I actually waited for it to show up in the News-Press after receiving an anonymous comment days before. We argued about whether Das Williams should say he is Latino and, unlike most candidates, he actually posted under his name. The Indie endorsed Janet Wolf and the Goleta Valley Growth Plan was endorsed by the Board of Supervisors.

May Overview Stats:
SBNP Newsroom Articles: 1
SBNP Editorials: 3 (opinion), 0 (neutral), 0 (no opinion)
Election for Sheriff: 3
Election for 2nd District: 8
SB City Council: 1
Planning: 0
Other: 0

June:
June saw former Sheriff Jim Thomas respond to a post on BlogaBarbara. We got through election day and I questioned whether the vitriol in our comments area was worth the trouble. Travis bashed the Mayor and Janet Wolf yet again and called for the dismantling of Community Development. Like most Santa Barbarans, I questioned whether he was biased. Joe Guzzardi got into the fray by responding on BlogaBarbara as to his alleged use of County of SB email for campaign use. Travis kicked it up a notch by comparing SB City Hall to Tammany Hall and continued to point out SEIU money while ignoring POA money in the SB City Council race.

June Overview Stats:
SBNP Newsroom Articles: 1 (opinion)
SBNP Editorials: 4 (opinion), 0 (neutral), 0 (no opinion)
Election for Sheriff: 2
Election for 2nd District: 2
SB City Council: 2
BlogaBarbara: 1
Other: 2

July:
The Guzz's endorsement of Dan Secord in the 2nd District race during the early part of July did not end up being the story of the month. FDS came at us strong with a "news on the street" report that Travis Armstrong would be replacing Joe Cole as the SBNP publisher.

The News-Press Exodus, later named Salsipuedes, began with Jerry Roberts, George Foulsham, Don Murphy, Jane Hulse, MIchael Todd and Barney Brantingham jumping ship. The blond(e) issue came up and Travis told us that he emulated Civil War-era editor William Story's admonition to "print the news and raise hell". We asked whether the Indie should go daily and questioned the quotes of SBNP hired gun Sam Singer. A bunch of new editors were hired that we never really heard from and the Duct-Tape Gang began their campaign for unionization at the News-Press.

Barney said that Nipper was no longer a friend and in a somber statement, EdHat.com began offering daily news for "those of you who are no longer reading the News-Press". Wendy McCaw said her employees were "disgruntled" and accused them, of all things, of inserting bias in the newsroom. Scott Hadley resigned and even Lou Cannon cancelled his subscription.

NPR took the story on and then Armstrong tried unsuccessfully to say that coverage of his DUI was a conspiracy. The Indie published letters of reprimand from McCaw to her employees which chastised them for publishing Rob Lowe's address. BlogaBarbara doubled in pageviews in one week.

Canon Presidio said goodbye in an odd post about feral pigs and Agnes Huff began her revisionist PR campaign. More letters from Wendy McCaw to readers and coverage of several other issues including the "CRISIS!" campaign from the POA rounded out a busy month at BlogaBarbara.

July Overview Stats:
News-Press Mess: 22
SBNP Newsroom Articles: 2 (opinion)
SBNP Editorials: 1 (opinion), 0 (neutral), 0 (no opinion)
Election for Sheriff: 0
Election for 2nd District: 1
Planning: 1
Goleta City Council: 1
SB City Council: 3
BlogaBarbara: 3
Other: 2

12 Comments:

Anonymous history buff said...

Nice recap of your own vendetta against the News-Press staff. You say that "most Santa Barbarans" question if Travis is biased. Well, he writes OPINION pieces, so in case you haven't figured it out yet, that is an upfront admission of bias in his writings.

I see you forgot to recap which month you began admitting your own bias, but hey, as they say, "it's Sara's column, so she can do what she wants with it"

Also, it might be nice if you note that Das is admittedly NOT Latino; he cleared the air on that one. And the Guzz did NOT use county email for his campaign mailers; he cleared the air on that, too!!!

And..while we're at it, how about a recap on Janet Wolf's campaign "alleged" misuse of a county fire station as a campaign station?

Happy New Year.

12/28/2006 5:31 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Real nice HB -- there's opinion and there's bias in the form of not telling the whole story and being downright mean. He is completely entitled to his opinion -- but it would be much more persuasive if he gave his readers all of the information related to what he takes on. I don't have a problem with NP staff by the way -- it's management that I have problems with, as do many.

Das is admittedly NOT Latino but it was a subject of a series of comments for days, same with The Guzz -- I don't have a thing against either one of them but they were a major part of BlogaBarbara last year. If anyone is interested, they are welcome to read it for themselves.

The fire station story was later....

HNY to you too!

12/28/2006 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are "Overview Stats"?

12/28/2006 9:14 PM  
Anonymous das williams said...

Well guys, after this eventful of a year, I feel like I've been through the wars with y'all! Its been a productive year, but a difficult one as well. I appreciate Blogabarbara founders and bloggers for actually discussing the issues of our community and for being a part of that community. Happy New Year!

12/28/2006 9:29 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

9:14 PM -- please see the previous post with the first few months of the year. It just tracks what we talked about in 2006.

Das -- you are a gentleman and a scholar. At the risk of sounding biased, thanks for keeping things in perspective -- it's one of the things I like about you.

12/28/2006 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about sounding biased, Sara. You already admitted it a while ago. Or maybe you should change your call name to Sybil de la Guerra.

12/28/2006 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's opinion and there's bias in the form of not telling the whole story and being downright mean.

Ohh, so that's what it is now. Because he is mean. Not because he's sexist, as you've tried to start. It's not bias, because that argument fell apart. What's next? He hates us because we're free?

Again, what is the purpose of this blog?

12/28/2006 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the August thru December summary.

12/28/2006 10:25 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

The truth will set you free...

12/28/2006 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whew, things are getting mean and nasty now that the NLRB is suing the News-Press on behalf of the labor union and N-P current and former employees. I suppose that Sara and her supporters are in for a whole lot more of these "anonymous" hit pieces by management flacks now.

12/29/2006 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whew, things are getting mean and nasty now that the NLRB is suing the News-Press on behalf of the labor union and N-P current and former employees. I suppose that Sara and her supporters are in for a whole lot more of these "anonymous" hit pieces by management flacks now.

Sarah outright calls Travis mean, but the opposition to that accusation is the one that you accuse of being mean. You are caught in a logic loop. Pull out!

Sorry, not part of the management flacks team.

12/29/2006 9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 1:07pm, I'm one anonymous who just doesn't care for Sara's twists on things. I'm not related to the NP for your information.

12/29/2006 9:10 PM  

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