Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Monday, August 27, 2007

Watch Out for the Subpoena Man

I'm finally catching up with my reading after a few busy days and caught up on the NLRB Hearing through Craig Smith's Blog.

The real story in Craig's post, however, was a very well-written piece by former News-Press journalist William Etling that was published by our friends at Edhat.

Craig called it required reading and I would say that it is definitely required reading for anyone interested in what is at stake here ---something Washington Post reporter Lou Cannon said is "much bigger than the fortunes of a few former reporters and editors of the News-Press".

Even with all that has gone on over the past many months, and how they are so personally involved, I am sure the erstwhile reporters from The Santa Barbara News Room would agree.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Common sense has flown out the window and the lawyers have taken over the asylum.

“Hmmmmmmmmmm, hey, Wendy, why don't we just keep suing and fighting, at least until you're tired of paying legal fees.”

In the meantime, the paper has pushed firmly down-market, alighting in a sophomoric pseudo-cafe society kind of place inhabited by swells with names like "Nipper."

8/28/2007 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is coming out in court is Wendy was right, trying to get control of her own paper back into her own hands. This fact still seems to escape many who post here.

City elections are won by only a few thousands votes between the top vote getters. The new NewsPress still has thousands of happy subscribers, and that is enough to determine the outcome the next election.

Never discount who the new NewsPress is now speaking for. Thousands of readers in Santa Barbara who are finally getting a chance to have their views heard, which was not allowed under the old NewsPress.

People need to stop acting so surprised or shocked at these too long suppressed points of view. You just did not hear them before, but they were always there.

This point of view is not a creation of Wendy - this is a point of view that was long present but suppressed by the old NewsPress.

And we all need to listen to it and take it seriously because it is very electable and we will be hearing from it like it or not. Learn to live with far more than the old bias of the old NewsPress. We are all in this together. Learn to share.

8/28/2007 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, 10:07 AM, McCaw operating a democracy?


What's coming out of court is that McCaw's chief newsman is having trouble remembering the truth.

8/28/2007 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NewsPress still has thousands of subscribers because for many people in this county, it's their only source of news. They don't read blogs or online news sites, so they don't know what's really going on. The NP certainly hasn't told them, and TV has never been able to tell this story well, although the Palm has tried. Ignorance is bliss .. and a waste of $80 a year.

8/28/2007 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to 10:07 AM
that is so funny
what News Press do you read anyway?

8/28/2007 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What is coming out in court is Wendy was right, trying to get control of her own paper back into her own hands. This fact still seems to escape many who post here."

Facts? Some people love to interpret their opinions as facts because I supppose it makes them feel powerful somehow?

8/28/2007 7:14 PM  
Blogger jqb said...

This point of view is not a creation of Wendy - this is a point of view that was long present but suppressed by the old NewsPress.

What point of view is that? You -- or at least I think it's you; there's no way to be sure that any two posts from "anonymous" are from the same person -- keep going on and on about this "point of view" that is supposedly shared by all readers of the "new News Press". That seems highly implausible, but perhaps if you could articulate your own point of view, it would be easier to judge your claim.

8/29/2007 3:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jbq, you will need to read the NewsPress to see what the new point of view is that is pleasing so many subscribers. Thousands of them will be voting this next election, acting on this point of view.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed. You have factually stumbled on so many details lately, please start reading again - widely and broadly. Thank you. I am tired of correcting your homework papers.

8/29/2007 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The subpoenas are bullying by Wendy McCaw.

At stake is telling the truth.

Wendy McCaw doesn't like truth that's non-conforming to her isolated, unique worldview. She's using her newspaper and her lawyers to make her displeasure known, far past rationality.

Have these statements by Wendy McCaw in her own newspaper proven true?

"... I plan to leave the day-to-day management and editorial direction of our paper to the professionals who run it. An essential reason for buying the News-Press is to preserve its independence and integrity." 7-22-2000

"...I will continue to leave it up to the newsroom to make the news judgments on which you, our readers, depend." 5-27-2001

"We are in the process of hiring a new editor who is a strong journalist with impeccable credentials to be the buffer between the newsroom and the publisher." 7-25-2006

"While I don't believe that union representation is in the best interests of our employees, the paper or this community, I respect our employees' rights to make their own decisions." 7-25-2006

"I will personally continue to work in 2007 to ensure that you receive the best local coverage that can be provided, not only this year, but beyond." 1-1-2007

8/29/2007 3:03 PM  

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