Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Friday, August 24, 2007

Good Cop, Badder Cop: TKA Thinks He's Fair?

Travis Armstrong's editorial today yet again bashing Mayor Blum sat alongside a miracle letter from the Mayor herself. Misquoted in comments for Esquire Magazine -- if any of you know her, she doesn't say "gonna" evah --her letter actually was printed on the editorial pages of the News-Press for the first time in maybe a year or more. Perhaps it is not Hotchkiss 1, Incumbents 0 as I pointed out the other day.

I'm surprised as Travis has consistently pointed out that she doesn't read the News-Press and does this, that and the other thing. Has he realized that showing the other side, another argument -- actually strengthens his?

With apologies to The Poodle, good for TKA for throwing her and us a bone. I really don't care what he has to say in his editorials if he is fair with opinion pieces, letters to the editor and stays out of the newsroom. Perhaps this is a harbinger of things to come -- TKA, Bring It On!

Ouch! I just read the front page and it has another animal on the cover. I have nothing against saving animals but there is a war going on, US-based Seagate might be bought by a Chinese company and several generals differ on the timing of troop cuts. Oh, there was a quake in Peru the other day, right? By the way, there were floods in midwest cities -- they didn't have a blue line because their newspaper editor was against anything their city did.

Sorry, maybe my bias is showing -- Travis, keep on printing those letters to the editor! Really!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cut and pasted Marty Blum's Quote FROM ESQUIRE ONLINE. I could not believe Travis would 'change' words no matter what some people think. Sara, please check facts!
(See link below.)

"Greatest triumph: I've got some people from the university who've mapped out what will happen when the ocean rises.

They're gonna draw a blue line in the city where the ocean's gonna come up to. The real estate agents aren't thrilled."

Please show this to readers.

8/25/2007 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Timing is everything said...

Call me crazy but I think that this is all very calculated. Let's have a quick review:

1) Few if any letters opposing news press points of view for almost a year while controversies rage;
2) Virtual news blackout in News Press on their own labor woes.

But suddenly, when they are on trial and the NLRB judge is in town, there appears a letter from Mayor Blum on the editorial page AND the News Press has also been covering (sometimes) the NLRB trial.

And who thinks this is just a coincidence?

My guess is that this is a calculated attempt to look (pardon the expression) "fair and balanced" for the judge who may read the paper. Let's hope he reads Craig Smith, too!

8/25/2007 3:20 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

1:15 AM -- I'm not saying the quote wasn't printed, I just doubt it was really said that way.

8/25/2007 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a bit thrown off that the Mayor had said that but what politicians say when out of town not realizing it could make their local press never suprises me. While not the biggest fan of Mayor Marty I tend to believe her that she was misquoted/misrepresented by VF.

Of course I found this out via other channels than the NP since I dont subscribe anymore. I would hope it would be a start toward ethics on the editorial page but it will take much more of that before I resubscibe. A example if the yearly blast the coastal commission op eds practice full disclosure ie: our boss lost in court to them several times was included. Its a small step and I hope its the 1st of many on a long path to restoring credibility that was lost long before the current fiasco.

8/25/2007 9:24 AM  
Anonymous donaldo de Santa Barbara said...

I have heard Blum speak with what I would consider a somewhat ghetto twang at times. Perhaps it is for effect. Blum having been a school teacher, has caused me to wondered how it could be that she would use such casual vernacular. Also, Blum has also admitted spelling errors in the past.

Face it, no one is perfect and I don't think she deserves all negativity for a few minor shortcomings. But the right-wing is dilligently out there and in the blogs stirring up insignificant issues into political churn. I do notice that their is the similar dislike for Marty Blum as Hiiiillllary Clinnnton! Susan Rose, Gayle Marshal and even Lois Capps and seems sexists because the critcisms really are exaggerated.

I beleive most of Blums detractors are probably in the same narrowly focused right-wing type cliques. These cliques are masters of disctractions for not wanting to focus on their own politcal dolts and the most prominent example being a terribly feigned and hick-like George W. Bush. This man is just plain evil so it would be nice if the rightwingers would clean up their own party of murderers, crooks, criminals and twisted sexual hypocrits.

At first I considered Bush's common folk "wudn't," "dudn't" and "tha" a way to key in with the "folks" but after a just a few years of this blueblood's disasterous policies it's no wonder the right would want to focus on anyone else rather than their shortcomings.

8/25/2007 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it was that right wing magazine Esquire that published the quote of the elementary teacher-turned mayor using "gonna" twice in a single sentence and ending one with a preposition. Remember, a preposition is a word you should not end a sentence with. But clearly that national mention was entrapment by the vast right-wing SB group who somehow influenced a professional NYC writer to represent Marty in a less-than-professional light. Just claim a misquote, and we all believe.

8/26/2007 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know the republicans are behind this with an election soon they are trying to influence us and it is not working.

8/26/2007 5:26 PM  
Anonymous snarky said...

After Craig Smiths column on Lou Cannon's next letter to TKA.

Snarky looks into crystal ball, and makes a prediction:
- TKA will assume that all the NP readers read the blogs, so
- TKA will have another one-sided conversation with Lou in the NP, where he will talk about Lou's letter without ever publishing any part of Lou's letter.

Show some balls, Wendy, and publish an Op-Ed piece with Lou's letter, and TKA's response, aka two opposing sides next Sunday.

8/27/2007 8:12 AM  
Blogger MCConfrontation said...

anon942 is right on. it's always conspiracy theories and backroom powerplays with the right. we're all liars and cheats and even "evil" (thankyou donaldo).

well guess what: we're not "gonna" go anywhere so i "wudn't" put cash on the table over the next election cycle if i were yous. you folks are finally starting to see that the progressives don't necessarily own or run this town, and your backwards ideology isn't necessarily going to fly unimpeded in our offshore winds. after consuming this blog over the last few weeks i'm starting to see that the tragedy of the meltdown of the newspress may have less to do with the poor reporters who got canned or left the paper and more to do with what you may perceive as right-wing slant recently in its pages. sweat much, santa barbara? the real world is encroaching on our enclave, and i say it's about time.

8/28/2007 12:24 PM  
Blogger jqb said...

Remember, a preposition is a word you should not end a sentence with.

There's no such rule.

But clearly that national mention was entrapment by the vast right-wing SB group who somehow influenced a professional NYC writer to represent Marty in a less-than-professional light.

No one ever claimed any such thing, merely that Blum was misquoted and the quote was miscaptioned -- that's what Blum claims, and it's rather obviously true.

8/28/2007 2:17 PM  
Anonymous snarky said...

The letter to the editors headline is changing... is there a change coming?

Letters: Your opinions are valuable contributions to these pages.


August 29, 2007 12:00 AM

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8/29/2007 7:53 AM  

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