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Friday, January 09, 2009 Comments Get Rowdy Over News-Press

Craig Smith had a small bit in one of his recent posts about discussion over at about the News-Press. Nipper himself actually commented on the Jerry Robert's suit against the paper:

Did you know that Jerry Roberts, the former News-Press Editor sued over the thread that was on Nippers about the News-Press issues? He believed that the "Hamburger" satire was about him (although his name was never mentioned in it) and he sued for $200,000. Interesting how the "champion of free speech" will use a legal hammer to smash anything written that could be remotely critical of him.

I doubt News-Press Editor Travis Armstrong would call Nipper tacky -- as he has accused Council Member Helene Schneider of late -- but I might when pressed.

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Blogger Christine said...

The entire rant about the Newpress, started sometime ago, in fact the day the paper made the infamous changes- at has been erased. Free speech at its best!

The last straw for me is that editorial yesterday naming restaurants that have been shutterd in the year of 2008. So many errors, and today no corrections, no apologies, nada, nothing.

They accused the Longhorn in Santa Ynez of being shuttered. The Zaca Lake restaurant of being shuttered. Javys- the one in Buellton or the one in Los Alamos?

The Longhorn Cafe isn't out of business, and one can only imagine how upset they are over this very damaging and insulting information being printed AS A EDITORIAL no less! No one from the Newspress has called, as of 9:30 am this morning January the 9th of 2009.

Zaca Lake is a now a run down mess, and hasn't had a functioning restaurant for many years. Obviously Travis was refering to Zaca CREEK restaurant, that closed 4-5 years ago.

I miss my newspaper so much, and want it back.

Damn you Wendy, screw you Travis.

1/09/2009 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Only in Santa Barbara said...

The wonderous thing is that the Publisher of the News-Press also sells thong underwear on his website:

Tom Storke must be rolling in his grave.

1/10/2009 7:04 AM  
Anonymous Tell Arthur... said...

Arthur von Wiesenberger says: "The goal of the staff, management and ownership of the News-Press is to produce the best quality product possible."

Readers — present and past — here's your chance to tell co-publisher von Wiesenberger what you want in a community newspaper.

Go to, click on Table Talk and sign up for the forum. It's free.

1/10/2009 12:00 PM  
Anonymous What, no walking papers? said...

Typical News-Press b.s.: spout now, find out the facts later, if ever. But this is somewhat different, in that we know to expect exaggerated and vile spew about city government and members of the ever-growing "cabal", and unions, etc. Now, Trav writes a piece that damaged at least one business that did no harm to the newspaper or its management, included in a falseitorial just to make a point. If any union supporter could have been held responsible for this, he/she'd have been axed, unjustly. And if Wendy were true to anything other than vindictive inconsistent megalomaniacal "reward loyalty over competence" policy, she'd slam Trav but good and he'd be packing his bags. But all errors -- even business-injuring errors -- are not created equal, so Travis lives to screed another day.

1/10/2009 7:47 PM  
Anonymous They certainly tried... said...

I remember the Marty Bum incident in 2007. After Associate Editor Scott Steepleton misspelled the mayor's name and it got in the paper, management tried to blame — with the hopes of firing — some copy editors who had voted for the union. The matter was dropped after it was determined that pro-union editors hadn't read the story; it was newcomers who let the mistake slip through.

1/10/2009 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Can't Make This Up said...

There Nipper goes again, hiding behind Wendy's skirts and firing blanks.

1/12/2009 9:44 PM  

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