Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Monday, February 12, 2007

Herald Columnist Says NP 'Tramples on Standards', 'Makes Mockery of Itself '.

EdHat found this link to Monterey Herald columnist John Yewell has written an opinion piece on the News-Press Mess saying:

Journalists may feel threatened by the Internet illusion of free, reliable reporting. But it is a different kettle of fish when our struggling industry makes a mockery of itself, trampling on standards, insulting the First Amendment, and reinforcing the unfortunate notion held by some that we are no better than our bloggy imitators.

Agreed -- bloggers can't take the place of paid journalists unless we can find an economic model that works. That won't happen unless the above becomes common place...


Anonymous parkparkpark said...

I put together a letter to the President and CEO of Starbucks encouraging no more News-Press sales in the local Starbucks. The letter is available for downloading and editing at:

Starbucks Letter

2/13/2007 4:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara, I disagree with you on this. I think there is another issue which deserves attention on this subject. Blogs are generally opinions by anonymous bloggers based on news. Not that all traditional news sources are perfect, but in essence they are supposed to be unbiased, based on fact, and can be verified. Bloggers can say whatever they want anonymously, which isn't a bad thing as it fosters discussion and interest in local and national subjects. I think each has it's place and each is equally important but they are definitely not the same thing and shouldn't be.

2/13/2007 5:07 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

I feel the same -- that there is a place for each. Still, the quality of my and other's work would increase greatly if there was a decent amount of money involved. It would allow a blogger to spend more time at what they are doing, maybe hire staff, etc.

2/13/2007 6:09 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

parkparkpark -- well-written letter and an interesting development in the campaign. What do people think about this? Good idea?

2/13/2007 6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that Travis attacks the newly departed employees today, adding insult to injury!

2/13/2007 6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For those who don’t read the News-Press anymore, there’s the same old, same old editorial today about high density housing. No fresh thinking or even original writing – just bits and pieces of old thoughts and sentences pasted in.

The solution to dense housing is simple. We each move to a 20-acre ocean front estate in Hope Ranch, bought by our divorce money.

Plenty of elbow room there.

2/13/2007 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Herald's piece is devastating. One can only imagine what other newspaper owners think of The Wendy and her Baron.

2/13/2007 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Armstrong capable of writing a column without attacking long-departed Susan Rose? It's become a joke. He and Steepleton must cling to McCaw's skirts as tightly as possible, because, when she fires them, they are out of daily newspapers for good.

2/13/2007 7:29 AM  
Blogger Honor said...

Bloggers foster dialogue within their communities and it's a vital part of being informed. Blogabarbara has been a critical link to our community awareness on social issues.

You read something interesting on Blogabarbara, you discuss it with your friends that aren't bloggers, and ideas and information are further disseminated - introducing differing ideas, POV's, solutions, rallying points or anything else that's relevant to the community's wellbeing.

Bloggers have their place, and while we may not always be right, there are times when bloggers have been right and journalists were wrong.

Blogging is forcing traditional news and print media to evolve, kicking and screaming all the way.

2/13/2007 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don’t get Travis’ column today:

What are his “colleagues” doing?

What did councilman Barnwell say?

I didn’t see the stories about the colleagues or about Mr. Barnwell in the News-Press.

Did I miss them?

2/13/2007 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think today's Travestorial bashing the employees and the Teamsters deserves it's own thread. Unbelievable.

2/13/2007 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the density issue is a great idea.

2/13/2007 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would be ex-employees. I don't think Travis is bashing himself.

2/13/2007 10:04 AM  

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