Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Friday, May 11, 2007

Gone for the Weekend

Just a quick post that I will not likely be able to moderate this weekend as I have family coming into town. Happy Mother's Day and I'll be back online Sunday night!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope you had a good mothers day, sara...

I trust you've seen the "retraction" published by the N-P.....

5/13/2007 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hooray Lou Cannon for an excellent opinion piece in today’s LA Times (Sunday) Opinion Section, (Page M5)! Lou tells the world (and the LA Times does indeed have a world wide audience) about the mounting insanity of McCaw’s mayhem. Being the fine journalist he is, Cannon’s story, "Santa Barbara's news mess," is concise and accurate, keenly illustrated by the accompanying art—a photo of the smashing Independent cover, "Have You No Shame Mrs. McCaw?” (What next, Wendy, a lawsuit against the Times?)

With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, Mrs. McCaw, why don't you just give up the newspaper business! You have blundered on all fronts--hiring, firing, local news, as an ad resource, as an employer, on your editorial page and with your community knowledge, understanding and interest. Please, Mrs. McCaw, exile yourself to England, of which you seem so enamored, and have your way with some watered-down, basil village abroad, because, Mrs. McCaw, you've made your mark on Santa Barbara and, frankly, it stinks!

5/13/2007 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, I've never seen something disguised as a retraction look so much like an attack----the NewPress does a masterful job, again on Sunday Page One of attempting once again to link JR to the offending material on the hard drive. what snakes they are.

5/13/2007 5:15 PM  
Anonymous Malicious is as malicious does. said...

The continuing attack on Jerry Roberts on page one Sunday is hammered home by the News-Press in Laura Schlessinger's diatribe on page two, which contains these concluding paragraphs:

"I asked the co-publisher of the News-Press, Arthur von Wiesenberger, "Did you folks not call Mr. Roberts or his attorney for a statement for the original April 22nd article?"

He answered, "No, but Roberts' position on the matter was fairly reflected in the article.""

Looks like co-publisher Arthur von Wiesenberger will have a chance to exhibit his vast journalism experience as a high school editor and mid-life food writer on the stand in a courtroom. In one corner, Brooks photo school graduate "Nipper;" in the other, Harvard graduate Jerry Roberts, with 35 years of respected daily newspaper experience. At issue, what's "fair" in the reporting, editing and publishing of a news story in a modern American newspaper.

Astoundingly, Schlessinger is allowed to write unrestrained that Roberts working for the University of California at Santa Barbara as the business manager of the student paper "looks bad" because of the content of one of the student paper's columns. Does she think Chancellor Henry Yang at the university should fire Roberts so UCSB won't "look bad"? Cut off his health insurance during his cancer treatments? Terminate his paycheck?

Just when it appears the News-Press can't go lower ... it does.

Even Scott Steepleton as a human being and professional newspaperman has got to start feeling squeamish.

5/13/2007 10:45 PM  

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