Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Monday, July 02, 2007

Roberts, Cannon & Bergman on KCRW (NPR)

This from one of our NPR stations...KCRW. -- Sara
The role of the publisher in today’s newspaper world has come under increased scrutiny and has brought into question the continued viability of the firewall separating news coverage from editorial opinion. We’ll focus on this issue at the Santa Barbara News Press, incoming management at the Los Angeles and the potential sale of the Wall Street Journal. KCRW airs this discussion, hosted by station Manager Ruth Seymour, and featuring Jerry Roberts, Lou Cannon and Lowell Bergman, on “The Politics of Culture,” Tuesday at 2:30 on 89.9 KCRW (106.9 in Santa Babara) and

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The $5 billion issue at the Wall Street Journal has been preserving editorial independence. It's importance to a credible newspaper hasn't gone away, no matter what McCaw says or whom she bullies. How much value has she already lost in the News-Press? If she paid $100,000,000 as some reports indicate, she's already lost $50,000,000. Not too swift on the uptake, that woman.

7/02/2007 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for Jerry. Of course, he can't come really clean, since flunkies from McCaw's private army will be taping the program, trying to find something else to sue him for.

By the way, does anyone really know for what, specifically, Roberts is being sued for $25,000,000? What did he actually do that was wrong? Anyone know?

7/02/2007 11:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Sara!

What do you know about this new editorial. I am real curious to know what Wendy said!

Editor's note: The Los Angeles Times recently refused to publish, in its print or online editions, a commentary by News-Press owner Wendy McCaw. The opinion piece responds to two lengthy commentaries by Lou Cannon and former News-Press editor Jerry Roberts that the Times published online. Below is the full version of Mrs. McCaw's commentary. A shorter version was published in today's News-Press. Earlier, the Times published in its print edition another commentary by Mr. Cannon attacking the News-Press. The Times refused to publish Mrs. McCaw's response to Mr. Cannon's accusations in its print edition.

7/03/2007 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendy has another commentary in the N-P today.

This time she targets Lou Cannon, but basically spins the same arguments we've been hearing for a year.

She's broadened her reporters-trying-to-control the newspaper theme to what's happening elsewhere in the industry.

And, of course, Cannon is a foil of the corrupt Teamsters, who are trying to destroy the News-Press "simply because I own it."

Bottom line, it's still Wendy and her conspiracy theories, blaming everyone else, attacking the reputations of others and playing the victim.

Here's an excerpt. Sound familiar?

"We decided then that we needed to turn the News-Press into a newspaper that was unbiased, ethical, accurate and accountable to the owner. Former employees in the newsroom who didn't share that vision have left."

And let's not forget her usual promise:

"We now are building a better paper, one that will better serve our community and hopefully begin a return on our investment."

The newspaper is so much "better" that the only reason that there was any story on the Rancho Fire in Sunday's paper was because a copy editor volunteered to leave his desk job to fill in as a reporter. The News-Press is supposed to be a daily newspaper but there were no reporters working on Saturday.

What a joke.

7/03/2007 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wendy published an anti-Cannon piece today...

one small quote:

``... no employee of mine has the right to tell me to "butt out" of my own business.''

7/03/2007 1:32 PM  
Anonymous boB said...

Let's hear it for the new Editorial page in the Daily Sound!

This is off topic, but I just needed to say how much that made my heart sing this morning!

And it is being done by an Editorial Board! Yeaaaaa!

The News-Press is the very first paper I have ever read, and I have read a lot of different ones, where the main "editorial" took a vacation along with the Editorial Page editor!

I am sooooo happy to see the Daily Sound move to this next level! Wonderful! Excellent! Outstanding.

And my offer to deliver it in the afternoon (without a paycheck) still stands! (Whoops-need that VW bus!)

I'm boB

7/03/2007 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's rant by the Baroness says three things about her:

-- She's so vain that she's sticking with the teeny-bopper photo, even though she doesn't look much like that any more.

-- She can't write.

-- Lou put a stake through her heart by speaking truth to power and, even though she's pissed, there's not much she can do about it.

7/03/2007 10:31 PM  
Anonymous jqb said...

A summary: Evil biased reporters like Lou Cannon have had free reign for decades to write anything they want, and that's why nobody reads newspapers anymore. Ms. McCaw bought the N-P to rescue it from these evil journalists -- and to protect her capital. No one can tell her how to run her newspaper, but they're villains for not loving it (her?). It's all about integrity ... no, it's all about the bottom line and her capital ... no, it's all about child pornography ... no, it's all about Starshine Roshell writing about women's naughty bits ... no, it's all about the Union ... no, it's all about ... Wendy McCaw, who shows her "love" for this "City" by crapping on it.

7/04/2007 3:10 AM  

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