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Friday, June 01, 2007

Rodeo Coverage Surprising!

An avid reader points out that there's major coverage for the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo today in the News-Press -- surprising since the Fiesta Rodeo gets ignored every year for philosophical reasons. Perhaps the cute picture of the young girl trumped animal rights concerns over steer wrestling?



Anonymous Don Jose de la Guerra y Noriega said...

Sara: Here's the deal. I've noticed that my wife goes channel surfing whenever she can get control of the remote. She always stops to watch the cowboys ride those bulls. Can you tell me what this is about?

6/01/2007 2:13 PM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

Local news is a flexible concept at the News-Less just to have an actual reporter of their own write it.

Local now includes Santa Maria.

News, instead of a fluffy Life feature, now includes a rodeo.

Ethics now includes no principles to promote fun times for animals at a rodeo.

Editing now includes just running a big picture of a cute girl and not bothering to read the actual article content.

6/01/2007 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Wendynator must be out of town ... another head will roll when she sees the rodeo piece on page 1. Or maybe it was the only piece of news the paper had today, since Nora is the only experienced news reporter left and little else is being covered.

6/01/2007 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Eckermann said...

First of all, Nora can probably write whatever she wants, they dare not fire her. If they did, there would be no North County coverage whatsoever. Secondly, getting a daily paper out with the few souls that are left in the building is probably so hectic that Scott does not have time run content through the McCaw political correctness filter (animals good, private property rights sacred, government bad, religion silly, ect.). Finally, the rodeo lends itself to really big pictures that hide the dearth of printed word in our increasingly wispy daily newspaper.

6/01/2007 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nora Wallace may be the next to go!

6/01/2007 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Homer said...

the reason the NewsPress likes us Elks cowboys is cuz we like that Indian feller wut runs the casino..we honored him even! and we know he likes that other Indian feller wut rites fer the NewsPress, so Wendy said ok, I guess

6/01/2007 6:14 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

DJ: Ummm, I wouldn't want to say what that was about :)

5:39 pm -- see an earlier post for coverage of that classified.

6/01/2007 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's disgusting that the News-Press would promote cruelty to animals on its Front Page. Doesn't Wendy McCaw know that the rodeo uses cattle prods and other torture to have animals in agony entertain humans? Mrs. McCaw, have you no shame?

6/01/2007 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Suthener said...

dats right homer and whats els is dat most nohterners like dat sort of thang wishun dey was sutherners with our bareback horsinsround dunt no whut donjoseos ballnchains ishue is but mabe shes just likes dem bulls when dey get stung with sum lectricty. i no it kinda sick but dats what you got up dar in tha narth gahun

SBDLG>>>>Obviously the Santa Barbara News Press should be renamed the Santa Maria News Press so we can get this horrid ordeal over with!

6/01/2007 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Homer said...

Suthener...I reckon yer right about a coupla things, but the bulls-well, they like getting shocked-ya see they big and they hide is thick, so its like tickling them. Why, I had me a gal once- I'd sit on top of her and tickle her and she bucked and squirmed and slobbered..just like a bull done! I think that donjoseo feller's wife is hinting around, but he's too thick to figger it out..I reckon..

6/02/2007 7:08 AM  
Anonymous Worker Bee said...

Walking about during the day, I pass Newpress kiosks, and lately it seems the front page is often comprised largely of a photo depicting a child enjoying his or her carefree youth. I went to the NP website this morning to check out the last week's front pages and to see if I was just suffering from selective memory. Come on, NP. Grow up.

May 27 - Memorial day photo of child walking with soldier. Story tease about the wonder of childrens' books with picture of an older man reading to a little boy.

May 28 - No kids.

May 29 - Story tease and photo about the glory of childbirth. Front page centerpiece photo of a dad and his two kids in a kayak.

May 30 - Large centerpiece photo of child playing and splashing in a pool.

May 31 - Front page story about local teacher accused of having sex with a student (Wow! A real local story about an actual event involving child abuse. Who would have thunk? Good job, Scott "Country Crock" Steepleton!)

June 1 - Enormous photo of a happy little girl in a cowboy hat.

June 2 - No kids.

Disgusting. The NP is leveraging children in its fight against a union - staggering mismanagement is being spun as a crusade for "the children." These scoundrels have tapped their last refuge.

6/02/2007 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the people of the City of Santa Barbara please remember where the tax dollars come from to support the City of Santa Barbara.

6/02/2007 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Don Jose de la Guerra y Noriega said...

Why is it that the Rodeo and the Fiesta always get bashed? Believe it or not, real Santa Barbara history is contained therein. Vaqueros, the Spanish, Californios...How about a nice bull and bear fight on Plaza de la Guerra? There's Santa Barbara for you. That will take the edge off the Santa Barbara syndrome.

Plaza de la Guerra is the real name by the way--you gringos you (check the old maps!). I think the News Suppress should have to change stationery! I'm waiting.

What does Cinco de Mayo have to do with Santa Barbara History?

Have you ever seen the fantastic saddles they made around here in the good old days?

How many horses are there in Santa Ines?

What's wrong with a Rodeo?

6/02/2007 8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think some translation is in order to explain the focus on this blog entry. For as long as McCaw has been the owner of the newspress, "the Fiesta Rodeo has been ignored every year for philosophical reasons."
SDLG's comment isn't to protest the rodeo, it's to point out the hypocrisy of the NP's traditional non-converage of the event, and the NP's current non-converage of local news. And she said it in two sentances, it's pretty easy to parse.

6/03/2007 7:46 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Thanks 7:46 -- said well, pardner.

6/03/2007 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Don Jose de la Guerra y Noriega said...

Dear 7:46 and Sara: I know Wendy doesn't like the Rodeo, but all you reporters, from the News Supress of once upon a time, spilled plenty of ironic ink on the Rodeo and Fiesta events all the while obediently bowing to Cinco de Mayo. We're you sleepwalking, underduress, fearful of the consequence if you didn't tow the Wendy line? I think not. Time to Fess up.

6/03/2007 10:08 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

I'm just talking about the Fiesta Rodeo...there is none during Cinco de Mayo.

6/03/2007 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

worker bee, thanks for that recap of NP photos which strikes me as rather obsessive & creepy considering we still don't know who at NP is into child porn

6/04/2007 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The News-Press covered the rodeo with objective articles on the people and animals involved in its sports pages under sports editor Gerry Spratt. That was back when there was a wall between Wendy's office and the newsroom. After Spratt left last July, there was no coverage at all of last year's Fiesta rodeo except for the editorials bashing it.

6/06/2007 9:26 PM  

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