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KCSB-FM News Director Cathy Murillo compiled remarks and stunning interviews in this crisp audio from the news conference and demonstration last Tuesday in the Plaza.http://www.kcsb.org/?p=308audio file, 21 minutes
The loser parade. Good fodder for comedy central!
Recipe for UnemploymentStep 1 - Antagonize my rich, opinionated boss. Step 2 - Use my press connections to incite the community. (lucky for me, I'm a reporter!)Step 3 - Continually accuse my boss of breaking the law, even though I have no specific complaints (other than she's rich, opinionated and has fired my friends) Step 4 - Participate in boycotting the company that pays me, even after a union vote and labor hearing has taken place. Step 5 - Tell everyone I was fired for "unionizing activities" even though I was really fired for sabotaging the company's profits in an attempted to get my rich, opinionated boss to sell out to some other rich person who might have opinions more similar to mine.Step 6 - Plan and attend mini-rallies comprised of my friends, and other media people who are in competition with my rich, opinionated ex-boss. They too would like to see her fail. Better business for them.Step 7 - Yell really loud to make it seem like there are lots of people at the rally. Step 8 - Yell even louder. Shout meaningless sayings to get attention and make people think this is serious stuff.Step 9 - Have the audacity to think somebody will force my rich, opinionated ex-boss to hire me back and pay me back wages even though I was trying to sabotage the company.Step 10 - Get real!
I hope they each get a million bucks so they can afford to buy a 2 bedroom condo in this town. They deserve it for the 6 months they have spent on the streets picketing. Does anyone think they will get their jobs back? Receive back pay?If they did get their jobs back, wouldn't they just be fired the next time they have a story in 2 minutes late?
Recipe for ReinstatementStep 1 - Antagonize my hardworking, fair and talented writers.Step 2 - Use my divorce settlement to incite the community. (lucky for me, I'm rich!)Step 3 - Continually accuse my employees of something, even though I have no legitimate complaints (other than they are somehow biased, though I never offer any specifics).Step 4 - Participate in firing the experts that earn me my profits, even after a union vote and labor hearing has taken place.Step 5 - Tell everyone I fired them for "disloyalty," even though they were really fired for 100% LEGAL and standard faire union organizing actions employed by organized union members from grocery stores to auto factories, and newsrooms on rare occasion.Step 6 - Plan and attend festivals and award banquets comprised of my friends, and other media people who are in competition with me (including but not limited to the award recipient and, oh, Jay Leno). Still other media outlets would like to see me fail. Better business for them? Except, woops, maybe not, because aren't these the same media outlets that traditinally ripped and read my paper's content and relied on it as a tip service for their own stories for years? (But, woops again, I'm probably too disconnected to even know that).Step 7 - Yell really loud (behind closed doors) and write goofy editorials to make it seem like there are lots of people who think like me.Step 8 - Write even more editorials on the same five subjects over and over to get attention and make people think this is serious stuff.Step 9 - Have the audacity to think somebody will overlook my transgressions even though I was (perhaps) NOT trying but ultimately have disastrously sabotaged the company I bought six years ago with no journalism experience to offer those already working there for decades.Step 10 - Get real!
One more time: They are in a UNION and thusly protected under a whole suite of federal laws that allow them to apply pressure on their employer who refuses to negotiate.This is not "unionizing" because the union already has formed here.
From today’s L.A. Times:"In Santa Barbara, News-Press has become the paper of rancorMore firings, more protests: Fallout from the owner's showdown with her staff runs deep."By Scott Martelle, Times staff writerFebruary 10, 2007 http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-et-press10feb10,1,511971.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-california
The UNION of the unemployed. Smart stuff.
Small point. It has been mentioned several times that Santa Barbarans oppose Wendy McCaw and gang because they are rich and we are jealous. No, we oppose her because she has behaved irresponsibly. She has destroyed a treasured community asset and the livelihoods of her employees. Also, her tone or the tone of her lackeys is mean and vindictive. She has not supported truth in journalism and freedom of speech. Those actions are abhorrent in anyone, rich or poor.
More video from the demonstration held on Friday, to go along with the video from Tuesday.If this blog host does not make it a live link, copy and past the URL:http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?id=1400&nid=2435
Nimmer Video Now Showing of Wednesday News-Press-Mess DemonstrationThe latest half-hour local video production by Larry Nimmer, entitled Noise-Making Rally, now is scheduled and showing on Santa Barbara Channels TV, cable Channel 17. The first showing was Friday night and this marks the fastest production turnaround yet, only two days. The schedule so far is below for this event that occurred on 07Feb.2007.Saturday 2/10 at 4:30 AM AND 2:00 PMSunday 2/11 at 2:30 PM and 10:00 PMTuesday 2/13 at 9:30 AM AND 6:30 PMThursday 2/15 at 11:30 AM AND 5:30 PMFriday, 2/16 at 9:30 AMSunday 2/18 at 2:00 PMAdditional showings will be listed in the Channel 17 schedule:http://www.sbchannels.tv/cgi-bin/schedule17/calendar.pl
What truth in journalism?By default a journalist in the United States is biased and does his or her best to undermine the country and push an Anti-American agenda.There is a small group that uses this blog to vent and whine about the NP.Most of the rest of Santa Barbara couldn't care less and the fact that there are nearly 40,000 subscribers to the paper attest to this.Then there is the fact the the newspaper industry is dying and mainly a forum for the senior citizen boomer generation.There is nothing to restore. Just a changing world people!
So are they considered a Union that is not recognized? I'm confused.
>>By default a journalist in the United States is biased and does his or her best to undermine the country and push an Anti-American agenda.<<And you, sir, have no idea what you're talking about. You know no journalists and have no idea what it is they actually do.You probably get all your "facts" from Rush and his pals at Fox News. You spew irrational tripe and try to pass it off as reality.You accuse journalists of being anti-American, but I submit that your one-note, blind obedience to the people who would destroy the Constitution in order to "save" this country is a far greater threat to the republic than any real journalism.Sara, I hope your let this through because I'm sick of dim-witted fools like this besmirch my profession and my colleagues.
Dear journalist 1:26 pm:Lets see, George Stephanopoulos isn't biased (used to work for Clinton), Dan Rather isn't bised (just made up the news), Charlie Gibson isn't biased, Tim Russert isn't biasted (used to work for Daniel Patrick Moynihan), Chris Matthews isn't biased (he was the speach writer for Jimmy Carter)... and so on...The press isn't any better.And your attack on people trying to protect this county proves the point that 11:48 am was trying to make.The Constitution protects free speech, but journalism isn't bias and lies!Do you wonder way the average citizen is losing respect for journalists? Look in the mirror.
wow!1:26 PM are you really a journalist?You throw out cliches and insults to defend yourself. Where are the facts?
Journalist there has a problem with his or her sarcasm detector.The Newspressers are in a Union and it is recognized. The problem is that the employer is refusing to negotiate and using every tactic imaginable to delay that, including illegal termination of the employees engaged in activities protected under the law because they indeed are in a Union.
You bet I'm a journalist, and damn proud of it.You, 5:12, list a bunch of people, some with political ties, and imply, therefore, that all journalists are biased. That's lazy and intellectually dishonest.(And, I dare say, stupid. Roger Ailes, who runs Fox News, used to be chairman of the GOP. By your reasoning all journalists must then be right-wing hacks.)The vast majority of journalists are working people like me, folks who cover fires, sanitation district meetings, murders, high school sports and all the quotidian crap that makes a newspaper. I've got news for you: we're too busy just trying to get the facts right and make deadline to somehow sabotage the country. Sorry, but it's awfully hard to be treasonous when you're writing features about Halloween or great Super Bowl snack recipes.Don't tar every journalist just because a few -- on the left and the right -- wear their politics on their sleeves. It's stupid and wrong. We're Americans with the same Constitutional protections you enjoy. Live with it.
Once again, where are all the brave politicians who encouraged the NP employees to think they would have their backs if they (NP Employees) took the risk?Gone like the wind, baby.
anon 234---not so fast; we're not "gone with the wind"; we're helping in many ways, just not wanting to provide distractions from the real issues or giving you fodder for another one of your paper's buckshot smear editorials
In an amazing spirit of honesty the Publisher of the NY Times announces he isn't sure that paper will be printed in five years. The LA Times may be shut even sooner. Mainstream media is being beat to the punch by the Internet, bloggers and a truth squad of real people who point out the biases and lack of facts in so called news articles. With the Internet, the bias of the media is seen even before the paper hits the front porch. People now demand honesty in reporting or the paper can be used to line the bird cage. It has to be relevant and todays newspapers are always behind the Internet and cable TV news in reporting. So why get yesterdays news tomorrow?And why fret over the demise of the News Press? It was going to happen anyway.
I find all this talk of journalistic bias to be a red herring dragged across the real issues to distract the discussion. I have been interviewed many times by journalists and the only bias I ever detected was one toward making a story juicier than it really was (which is not really bias but rather part of the craft). It is true that I have had journalists act sympathetic to my point of view in an attempt to entice me to let my guard down and say something controversial, but I just attribute that to interview technique and craft. The truth seeking nature of their job requires journalists to keep their minds and ears open with as few filters engaged as possible. A truly biased journalist would be handicapped as a bias could very well prevent a jounalist from hearing a piece of information that is the hook or lead to the story. As I said, I have met many journalists over the course of my life, none ever exhibited a bias for or against my point of view.
The News-Press is being left in the dust by local electronic media.
That was silly. When can we expect to see it on American's funniest home videos? Let's see, what shall we title it? Loud losers in line?
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