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Cover Story - January 22, 2010

Banking on a turnaround

Banks to take ownership of MediaNews while CEO Dean Singleton gives mixed signals on future of MediaNews papers

by Sam Chapman and Jay Thorwaldson

As Bank of America assumes ownership of the second largest newspaper company in the nation, what does the future hold for MediaNews' Bay Area newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury and Palo Alto Daily News?

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Sam Chapman is publisher of the Pacific Sun, the Weekly's sister paper in Marin County. Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be e-mailed at [email protected]


Posted by Ano Nymous
a resident of another community
on Jan 23, 2010 at 12:03 am

Little wonder that the various local liberal newsrags are on the block. The Jerk-yer-Knee has predictably followed the Comical down the sinkhole of pandering to the liberal elite, minorities and other special-interest groups, to the exclusion of honest-to-god journalistic practices and ethical standards. Apparently the Freakly survives on real estate ads, sorely lacking as it is in the editorial leadership department.

Posted by Ano Nymous
a resident of another community
on Jan 23, 2010 at 12:11 am

And, speaking of lame-brained, non-professional (perhaps unprofessional, as well), Editors, here is a letter that was sent to me which reportedly was rejected without explanation by the Editor of the Freakly. In fact, said Editor was apparently uninterested in any criticism of the brand of "journalism" featured in his pitiful little rag.

Assume I know nothing about the Rick Walker case apart from that which has appeared in your pitiful little rag. If one is going to employ the "facts" of this case to "spark classroom discussion" (in roughly the same way that children have been force-fed Obama worship?), then at least teach them something about the law. Such as that "factual innocence" differs from "actual innocence" (e.g., "a murder he did not commit," to quote the Freakly, and most likely the Comical), and that there should be no implications to the contrary. Can it be taken for granted that the "Most Socially Engaging Documentary" provides such valuable detail? Further crucial lessons might be derived therefrom, such as, "Advancing Your Cause Via Rich, Guilt-Ridden Palo Altans." Or, "How to Repay the State for Raising Your Kid (at least the known one), in Three Million Dollars or Less." "Reasons Other Than Political for the DA to Recant." "What About All the Other Victims Whose Killers Have Escaped on Technicalities?" If this guy was really innocent, then this case was indeed a travesty. Otherwise, this whole story is.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 23, 2010 at 3:11 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Just as many railroads, last century, were unable to get used to not being the only game in transportation to their detriment, MSM has largely failed to understand that spiking a story don't make it go away. In the 50s and 60s I subscribed to two or three local/regionals, and watched at least one TV "news" show. I finally got tired of paying for the privilege of being insulted.

Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Wow, 3 posts all seeming to claim that the evil in the world comes from dreaded liberals, and all very unfactual, sarcastic and meanspirited. Do you people get that everyone is so tired of your non-productive attitudes?

Jerk-Yer-Knee = Mercury
Comical = Chronicle
Freakly = Weekly

Pitiful Little Rag reporting how children are force-fed Obama worship.

Paying for the privilege of being insulted

Somehow people with this behavior never seem to help, inform or educate anyone, all they so is to start neverending arguments that bore people to death.

Posted by Mr. Liberty
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 23, 2010 at 8:47 pm

.... @ Anon: They (the media) put themselves in this place buy treating the paying customer as a simpleton. Lying to the public and not uncovering the cheaters and scammers in government.

>> I finally got tired of paying for the privilege of being insulted.

That is where we are now with the news as well as the political liars they pander to.

The there are three things we have left. Our money which we have chosen not to give to the lying media and our vote which we will cast for someone who will stand-up and do the honest job of representing all of us and not just the favored few.

Posted by Ano Nymous
a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2010 at 1:34 am

Thanks so much for providing the translations, Mr. Anon! I guess you figured on being the only lib who would get the references? (But I thought you liberals were such proud folks; what, no name?)

And isn't it the "journalists" who are supposed to have the "facts?" Is it "meanspirited" to ask that they provide said facts? Or is it just plain "meanspirited" to be "sarcastic" about liberals? (If you prefer, we could just laugh at them...)

Posted by Ano Nymous
a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2010 at 1:38 am

But there is one way to avoid "arguments" entirely, isn't there? Simply hold all of one's meetings behind closed doors, excluding CSPAN and those with opposing views all at the same time! (I forget, am I talking about Obama/Pelosi/Reid, or the Editors of the Freakly?)

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