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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Teamsters File Objection to 97 Theses

The 97 objections that the News-Press nailed to the wall, like so many theses from Martin Luther, has received a formal objection from the Teamsters. In an article on the Indy Media Blog, Matt Kettman reports that the objections were filed on April 11. Many thanks to the SBIMB for publishing the PDF listed above.

BlogaBarbara is mentioned on quite a few of the legal filing pages. A citizen stringer who passed this information along pointed out that Teamster attorney Ira Gottlieb may have invented a new term in saying the infamous 9/11 comment was "depublished". In any event, Gottlieb did a good job at pointing out the obvious -- the News-Press objections to the union election lacked merit for many reasons already mentioned here, in the hearing and in the press.

I've been sensing a bit of News-Press Mess fatigue in the ether of late and hope that although we need to move on in some ways -- the findings of the NLRB are a serious matter to which we have seen no indication from Ampersand of having any intention to following. They've proven this by saying they have a commitment to local news and then making their first post-NLRB hearing hire a gossip columnist -- rather than the eight reporters who were illegally fired. McCaw and Company are hoping we do not notice or are so tired of the mess that we begin to ignore it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps the News-Press Mess fatigue is that after months of denial to ourselves and one other, we're finally acknowledging that Wendy never intended to rebuild the News-Press as promised.

And the paper is becoming, as someone suggested early on:

Wendy's Vanity Press

4/17/2007 11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am wondering why nobody has commented on yesterdays pathetic front page. The worst mass shooting in this country's history and the NP runs a huge photo story on composting and devotes 2 columns to a new gossip columnist on the front page. As an ex employee I was horrified! The whole country is grieving, and the NP runs a 2 column story, like it was any other news event.I know the NP mess is dragging on, but I would sure hate to see Wendy win by attrition and lack of interest. If I were an advertiser, I would be ashamed to have my ad in the paper after yesterday. Maybe someone should send copies of the front page to the CEO's of the corporate advertisers. Hey, Don Imus got fired! Wendy has made a mockery of the paper, and the community.

4/18/2007 4:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The term "depublished" is familiar to attorneys experienced in appellate law. In appeals an opinion is issued. But Court of Appeal opinions may only be cited as law if the Court orders that it be published. In some instances, a Court of Appeal orders the publication of a decision only to have the Supreme Court later order that it not be published. The Supreme Court may do so without hearing the appeal itself and issuing its own opinion which would supercede the underlying Court of Appeal decision. When the Supreme Court orders that a Court of Appeal opinion not be published, lawyers refer to it as having been depublished.

Sort of like Sara saying a posting was just too over the top and deleting it.

As for Newspress fatigue, I submit that is part of what Wendy et. al. are counting on, though Newspress actions and editorials do not always appear to promote that strategy. But that is what vanity will do to one's strategy.

4/18/2007 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendy has a knack for keeping her blunders and foibles in the public eye. And her losing legal battles will also continue to provide media and conversational fodder.

4/18/2007 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Fatigued Cabalist said...

"Depublished" may be legalese in appeals cases, but the actual context in the legal brief was about how Blogabbara removed the comment that once was successfully posted, or published.

Fatigue is fine, but does anyone think the numbers of subscribers or readers is going to increase? The only question is the rate of decline.

The whole community is adjusting to an unreliable Newspress and shifting to other publications and media. That rate will increase as the other lawsuits and complaints are resolved. We know who will lose those cases.

4/18/2007 4:29 PM  
Anonymous sola lola said...

RE: News-Press Mess Fatigue

Good point, Sara. I've noticed the same, too. It has been front and center for a long time now, and I suppose maintaining consistent -- and lasting -- momentum can be challenging. But we cannot forget the great effort and energy put into this so far by the ex-employees, the fundraisers, the rally organizers, the bloggers (hats off to you Sara, The Independent, and Craig Smith, just to name the ones I know...).

I also think one of the best things we can do right now to show our support is point people to:

Santa Barbara Newsroom

It is a great website that I know many of the former News-Press employees are working hard around the clock on. One can show their support by spreading the word by word of mouth and/or mailing the link to friends and family looking for a reliable online news source.

And no, I am not a former News-Press employee plugging the website. Just an ardent supporter of these fantastic, hard-working reporters. (And web masters!)

4/19/2007 7:44 PM  

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