Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Rob Lowe "is not available" and can't take the heat?

This is an update to the Blogabarbara post from early yesterday that was speculating about any chance a newspaper actually would think that Rob Lowe would have something profound to say about the Zaca Fire instead of that newspaper featuring more content and quotes from one of the elected officials or emergency response professionals who were there and really knew what was going on with this wildfire.

Believe it or not --I know, it's just shocking-- the Santa Barbara News-Press indeed did interview Rob Lowe and publish some oh-so-profound quotes by him from his field trip tagging along with his pal Arnold. See the excerpt below, which I had to type manually because the News-Press web site removed the whole article late Saturday afternoon or early evening.

Now, after sources verify that the article ("Governor declares emergency over Zaca fire") was indeed up at their web site all day, the message at the News-Press web site is: "Sorry.. the requested document is not available."

All the other articles are available at the News-Press web site, but not the one article that makes Rob Lowe look bad, when it probably was intended by the writer to do the opposite in a continuing effort to keep her job.

Here are the Deep Thoughts by Rob Lowe in this Saturday news article attributed to Hannah Guzik as the author (printed edition, page A11, top right column):

"The board of Supervisors had prepared and initially approved the declaration minutes before the governor walked in the door, accompanied by actor Rob Lowe, who owns a home locally and was with Mr. Schwarzennegger when the governor learned of the emergency meeting.
'I saw the flames,' Mr. Lowe told the News-Press. 'It seems like the fire got a lot bigger today.
'I'm really impressed with this meeting and I'm curious to see just how big the fire is,' he said as the group was about to be briefed on the state of the blaze."

So, there ya go, gentle readers. Is it just innocent coincidence that the Wendy's privileged pal Rob Lowe is interviewed to represent the views of all local homeowners and what they think about the Zaca Fire expansion? Did Lowe "see the flames" on KEYT, or was it KSBY?

Does Lowe not have a broadband internet connection so he can get the frequently posted fire updates from InciWeb? All other Blogabarbara readers can look there too, at InciWeb, so please do.


Blogger Amanda said...

Thanks for the update, Citizen Stringer. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the News-Press went to Lowe for a quote instead of the Governator.

8/05/2007 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Monica said...

I tried to google Santa Barbara New-Press.
There were all these:
4 hours ago by sessan66962 ... free obituary........*

What, who does that?

8/05/2007 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh My. Methinks Citizen Stringer is taking this paranoia to a bit of an extreme.

In the same edition, the NP did a story interviewing others involved with the emergency/fire.

and So. What.

Sara, this blog is really getting a little too drenched in anti-NP conspiracy theories that are becoming tiresome. The NP has done enough wrong on their own. We don't need to extrapolate from otherwise benign events.

8/05/2007 4:15 PM  
Anonymous anon a rama said...

Well, Rob is an actor maybe he thought they'd practice the quote 'till it sounded good. Improv must not be his thing.

It does look tacky to have Arnold sitting behind that plastic water bottle after all the debate lately about landfill waste. Wonder if Nipper provided the props? Or did Arnold just not get the memo? For all we know it may not have even been his water.

I think I am most disturbed to hear Arnold was visiting Rob...friendships are so random.

If Sara should decide she wants to bash the NP into the ground that's her right this is her blog. We write here as her guests. As she has stated we don't have to agree with her just be civil. Requesting her to change the focus of her blog seems a bit bossy and high handed. We have a choice basically like it or lump it. No one is holding a gun to my head forcing me to read this blog or agree with all that is written will...not a new concept.

8/05/2007 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I beg to differ, 4:15.

This all speaks to what the News-Press is all about right now ... favor to friend, f-you to foe. It's important to this community that this be pointed out.

Rob Lowe's pissy attitude last year about getting the location of his new mega-mansion printed in the paper is what sparked the meltdown of the News-Press (reprimands of editors and reporters by Her Wendyness, followed by resignations and firings).

The fact is, no matter your political persuasion, we no longer have a daily newspaper that we can count on (sorry, Daily Sound, but I can't take you seriously until you put a little more resources into your product and distribution and resemble something more than a school newspaper).

8/05/2007 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob Lowe is an actor. OK. I can watch him or not. He filmed himself having sex with a teenager at the Democratic National Convention many years ago. OK. I could have avoided that one, too, had the footage not been pumping through Zelos one night when I and a few other friends decided to go dancing one night in the early 1990s. (Still trying to burn that one out of my subconscious) Lowe is acquainted with our Governor - so what? No surprise. They have Hollywood, the Republican party, and rampant womanizing in common. So what if he went to a meeting? Do I care? Not really. Could we please ignore this guy and send a shout out to the hundreds of firefighters, local and otherwise, who are laying it down for those of us who live in the high rent district? They are not quoted in the News-Press nor featured on made-for-TV movies, but these emen and women are working long shifts on the lines and grabbing showers and a few hours sleep at Dos Pueblos High School before heading back up into a "blaze" that has already destroyed thousands of acres and stands to do much worse damage. Forget Rob Lowe and support our firefighters, people!

8/05/2007 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would they take down the news article from their web site?

Is Rob Lowe afraid of anything?

Wouldn't everyone who gets interviewed and quoted just like to call the publisher on her personal phone and demand that the news article just disappear from the web site publication. If only the paper version of the newspaper worked the same way!

8/05/2007 9:13 PM  
Anonymous History is written by the victors said...

The comment above
8/05/2007 4:15 PM
says "We don't need to extrapolate from otherwise benign events."

I do not call removal of a published newspaper article one does not like as a "benign event."

What would happen if Rob Lowe were busted for drunk driving?

8/05/2007 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So is that quote all that Lowe said? Looks just ordinarily dumb to me. Probably the reporter thought that people want to know what movie stars think or at least say, no matter how meaningless.

The surprising thing is that it was removed. Perhaps Lowe not only doesn't want his address mentioned but his words also, unless they're scripted by others?

I don't understand the 2005 Deep Thoughts by Hand(e)y link; what's it got to do with Lowe?

8/05/2007 9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Rob was doing some prep work for his role on ABC's "Brothers and Sisters," on which he plays a senator who is running for president. Now there's a scary thought!

8/06/2007 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob Lowe was involved in the production of child pornography; two films with under-18 women.

Now, how does quoting him in the News-Press square with Wendy's pursuit of Jerry Roberts?

8/06/2007 8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This all speaks to what the News-Press is all about right now ...

Actually this speaks to what Blogabarbara is all about.

Rob Lowe's pissy attitude last year about getting the location of his new mega-mansion printed in the paper is what sparked the meltdown of the News-Press

And to those people who quit because of Rob Lowe, you guys don't sound too bright.

8/06/2007 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Shango Barbarino said...

Rob Lowe is a has been that never really was. Who really cares where he lives or what he has to say? I think that he looked much better with the bright yellow hair he was sporting some years ago, sort of a tennis ball with ears.

8/06/2007 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lowe is a good example of what has changed in SB. The culture here used to be one where most residents had some kind of backcountry experience. Now, the San Ysidro Ranch is probably as far into the wilderness as these people get.

The fire had just gotten bigger? No, the fire had been getting bigger for an entire month & had been heading southeast the whole time. I was suprised that so many people in SB had no clue about this fire or thought it was no longer burning.

8/06/2007 6:23 PM  
Blogger jqb said...

"Forget Rob Lowe and support our firefighters, people!"

False dichotomy. Whenever someone says "Don't do this, do that!" about two independent actions, you're witnessing intellectual dishonesty.

8/06/2007 9:14 PM  
Blogger jqb said...

"And to those people who quit because of Rob Lowe, you guys don't sound too bright."

Since no one quit because of Rob Lowe, you don't sound too bright yourself.

8/06/2007 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:29, I agree- these firefighters have been absolutely amazing.

With the news that this fire could soon threaten SB, I hope more folks wake up to what is important.

For an update, read Ray Ford's recent story-

8/07/2007 1:01 AM  
Anonymous little yellow man in your head said...

The NP article is online. Once again, this whole thread is just an anti-Newpress rant.

8/07/2007 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob Lowe's pissy attitude last year about getting the location of his new mega-mansion printed in the paper is what sparked the meltdown of the News-Press (reprimands of editors and reporters by Her Wendyness, followed by resignations and firings).

Since no one quit because of Rob Lowe, ...

Which is it?

8/07/2007 10:42 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Helena -- Sorry -- a little too much with that last line for me to feel confortable publishing.

8/07/2007 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Citizen Stringer said...

Yellow Man:
If the News-Press would not remove its articles about Rob Lowe that made him look dumb, then people whould have no reason to "rant" and wonder.

Maybe the article was removed because of the first posting I made, then was put up again because of the second posting I made?

This can go round and round with speculation, but if the News-Press Mess would actually talk with the public and explain themselves, then no one would speculate here.

They are the ones who keep up the public disgust and shock. All their mystery subpoenas and the NLRB trial that starts next week will continue to expose them.

Comments at Blogabarbara are reacting to it all, not making up reasons to rant.

8/07/2007 7:22 PM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

Aw c'mon, give him a break, 16 year old Jezebel's have been trying to get men in trouble since the beginning of time...How old was Eve by the way? I met him and wife once at Rock's years ago. He was charming and friendly. I suspect he wasn't planning on making comments about the fire anyway. "How big is it" is a little clueless though...maybe he's been gone yachting this summer.

From Wikipedia:

In 1988, Lowe was involved in a sex scandal over a videotape of him having sex with two females, one of whom was sixteen, in Atlanta while attending the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Lowe has asserted that he did not know that the second girl was underaged, and it was confirmed that the two had met at a bar, which the girl entered by lying about her age.

Lowe was the first male spokesperson for the 2000 Lee National Denim Day fundraiser which raises millions of dollars for breast cancer research and education. His grandmother and great-grandmother both suffered from breast cancer, and his mother succumbed to the disease in late 2003.

Lowe is a founder of the Homeowner's Defense Fund, a Santa Barbara County non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to local control of land use planning and transparency in government.[3]

8/08/2007 5:44 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Anon 2:30 pm -- too much of a personal attack for me. Didn't publish.

8/09/2007 5:45 PM  

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