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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Former SBNP "Spokeperson" Sam Singer Tackles Tigers Tangentially

A reader sent me this tidbit at SF Gate about the Christmas Day Tiger Massacre at the SF Zoo which may remind you of our favorite crisis management expert during the News-Press Mess:

"The whole thing is mind-boggling," said attorney Mark Geragos, who related what he had been told about the events that left Carlos Sousa Jr. dead and his clients, Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, injured.

"They were out there for 30 to 35 minutes and nobody takes them seriously - especially when there was blood. It's incredible," Geragos said.

Sam Singer, a newly hired spokesman for the zoo, said Tuesday that it was "highly unusual that (Geragos) is the only person who has the facts, when the San Francisco Police Department hasn't even completed its investigation."

"Anything that a defense attorney says has to be taken with not a pinch of salt, but a ton of salt," Singer said.


Although I can appreciate the position of the zoo, perhaps you remember reading Sam Singer's gems in the LA Times after obscenities were thrown at Travis Armstrong like so many newspapers on my doorstep:
"For a number of months, there has been a discussion between Mrs. McCaw and senior editors about the direction of the News-Press," said the spokesman, Sam Singer. "She desired to have a stronger emphasis on local news, and these individuals didn't like that emphasis, and so they decided to part company."

Without even getting into whether local news was enhanced or NOT -- we all know the following quote was a little outside of reality as well:
Singer, who is based in San Francisco, said he was told that the newsroom on Friday was "quite professional" and that "things are moving forward nicely." He said Armstrong would no longer be writing editorials now that he was the publisher.


In the SF Gate itself -- after Jerry Roberts and Gerry Spratt resigned:

"The newsroom is quiet and functioning well," Singer said.


Excuse me? Was he even here? In another article he said he was "told" the above.

It's amazing to me the article in the SF Gate today was quick to point out that attorney Mark Geragos was "retained" but failed to point out the same for Sam Singer. Is the PR/Crisis Management profession protected versus being a lawyer? Instead, they say he is a "new spokesperson"....perhaps "hired gun" is more appropriate. Maybe this is conservative bias in the newspaper?

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friend who used to play doubles tennis with Roberts in Marin County said he was kind of odd and whimpy. That was a different perspective to hear from someone with no axe to grind nor interest in the SB controversy.

1/02/2008 10:10 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Hearsay? What does this have to do with Singer?

1/02/2008 10:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam Singer was an early player in San Francisco who fed to the media what Wendy fed him. Wendy conned a lot of folks. Singer has been out of the local picture for a long time. Let's move on.

1/03/2008 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew Nipper, should Sara start new topic?

1/03/2008 1:17 PM  
Anonymous city watcher said...

Sara wrote:
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It's amazing to me the article in the SF Gate today was quick to point out that attorney Mark Geragos was "retained" but failed to point out the same for Sam Singer.

HUH? Sara - please check out your quote a couple of paragraphs above, “Sam Singer, a newly hired spokesman for the zoo, said Tuesday that it was "highly unusual that (Geragos) is the only person who has the facts, when the San Francisco Police Department hasn't even completed its investigation."


Seems to me that everything has to have a paid spokesman. It's too bad people can't speak for themselves.

This is a tragic situation, for the young men - and, of course, for the tiger that probably should not have been in that enclosure. See this Salon.com article: “...Tigers are among zoo visitors' favorite animals. They're also one reason many people hate zoos. ...”

How do we educate people about animals, the importance of natural habitats, the critical need to preserve the species and habitats without making prisoners of those animals?

1/06/2008 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SF Gate article on Singer.

I must say, Singer has been of questionable virtue in the tiger case. He has pretty effectively smeared the young men who were involved.

Not that Geragos is any saint.

But frankly, the wall around the tiger compound was too low, and zoo workers had even done tests that proved the tiger could escape!

The penalty for stupidly taunting the tiger should not be death by tiger mauling.

After Wild Wendy fires Cappello, she'll hire Geragos, I bet.

1/07/2008 5:10 AM  

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