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Timeline: 40 years of news

Original post made on Oct 11, 2019

Over the past 40 years, the Palo Alto Weekly staff has borne witness to Palo Alto's history through the lens of news coverage. We've compiled an interactive timeline to look at both small and large events.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 11, 2019, 6:52 AM

Comments (21)

Posted by Gimmee
a resident of another community
on Oct 11, 2019 at 10:45 am

Make sure you give your money to bill Johnson, as he launches his new "gimmee money" campaign. If you don't, how will the weekly be able to support the Palo alto elite. They surely will not give any money as Johnson is their toady- they command, he obeys and writes the stories they want.


Posted by your call
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 11, 2019 at 11:40 am

Support local journalism - whether this paper, the regionals, a national with local coverage, whatever. You can support them digitally or old school newsprint.

No one else will track the miscreants.

Or don't support journalism, and guys like @gimmee win. Dark money and dark deeds will thrive.


Posted by your call
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 11, 2019 at 2:53 pm

Cool, thanks. So we have two viewpoints:

1. support journalism as the 4th estate, part of checks and balances

2. someone with a vendetta against a local paper's editor, using name-calling, etc..

Thanks again for sharing your view.


Posted by Gimmee
a resident of another community
on Oct 11, 2019 at 3:49 pm

Your call - just employing the same techniques that the weekly uses in their one sided stories and editorials and in their selective editing of comments on TSF that are critical of the people that Johnson is serving.
Now can bill count on you for a $10,000 donation?


Posted by your call
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 11, 2019 at 6:28 pm

Whine, whine, whine. As my math teacher used to say: "show your work."

You have lots of complaints - show us: "employing the same techniques".

Links.


Posted by Jane Brooks
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2019 at 7:59 pm

Two anonymous posters:

* One espouses a free press
* Another calls the editor a toadie

Uh-huh.


Posted by your call
a resident of Green Acres
on Oct 12, 2019 at 7:31 am

I'm okay with anonymous trash comments in an open forum being deleted - their sandbox, their rules. Just ask Dougie M, it's a sign he lost his argument, even with his verbosity. re: your blog - it is your representation of what you claim others have posted - okay.

That's not what I replied to, however:

"just employing the same techniques that the weekly uses in their one sided stories and editorials"

I asked for a list of one-sided stories. Editorials are just that - opinions. I frequently detest opinion pieces in the NYT. Doesn't mean I don't support the reporters at NYT, WSJ, etc.. Yes, even they make mistakes, of course.


Posted by Gimmee
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 12, 2019 at 9:04 am

Your call - you hit the nail right on the head regarding dougie m.
You want one sided stories-- coverage of the children's theater scandal, Karen Holman finders fee scandal, buena Vista trailer park owner, Persky recall, just to name a few. All have a common denominator--think placating someone.this is my opinion. If you are for free press as you claim, then you have to support my criticism of Johnson and his "gimmee money" machine called the weekly.


Posted by Local journos
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Oct 13, 2019 at 6:39 pm

We have to support local journalism. What's the alternative? Fox? MSNBC?

Love it or hate it, gotta have it.


Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 14, 2019 at 1:05 am

Nature abhors a vacuum.


Posted by MVresident2003
a resident of Mountain View
on Oct 14, 2019 at 9:34 am

MVresident2003 is a registered user.

As I have said to Bill and staff several times I would be glad to support the paper except that I am frequently censored in a highly biased manner. Several times comments have been deleted and when I ask for explanation they are unable to substantiate being against terms....they just don’t like what I say.

Why would I support a paper that doesn’t allow my views or comments?


Posted by use it or lose it
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 14, 2019 at 11:27 am

> Why would I support a paper that doesn’t allow my views or comments?

Because you use it?

Your saner comments stick; I've seen some of the ones that didn't - are you really surprised? iirc, even DM deleted some of yours, and he's pretty much reading from the same playbook as you.


Posted by Glad to pay
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 18, 2019 at 1:12 pm

Journalism is a service that I am glad to pay for. If newspapers aren't well-funded by subscribers, we will lose them. I'd miss the Weekly--as well as other papers I subscribe to.

I wish they'd delete this comment board...or at least require people to use their names. The rude and hostile tone of discourse here is truly appalling. I bet people would behave more like adults if they had to own their comments.

I'm not using my name because I know I will get blasted for saying this. I'll use my name if you'll use yours.


Posted by Gimmee
a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm

[Post removed.]


Posted by Madelyn Alton
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2019 at 7:40 am

" Why would I support a paper that doesn’t allow my views or comments?

Because you use it?"

Fabulous answer. Shocked that the poster is occasionally censored, just shocked.


Posted by irony
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 19, 2019 at 8:49 am

I wonder if the Weekly was willing to be transparent and open up its finances to show the good people of out town exactly where the money was being spent?


Posted by Gimmee
a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2019 at 5:11 pm

Irony- good idea though I doubt it would happen. From the continuous emails demanding money and the anniversary issue, one would Think the weekly is running a deficit. If course some people think the weekly has the community's best interests at heart


Posted by Twins of the 4th estate
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 20, 2019 at 7:38 am

"wonder if the Weekly was willing to be transparent and open up its finances"

I guess since we are posting here, we should show our finances as well, of course!

Makes sense.

Support journalism. All journalism matters.


Posted by irony
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 20, 2019 at 10:17 am

"I guess since we are posting here, we should show our finances as well, of course!"

Only if we were asking for money.

It sure behove those asking for donations from the people of this fair town to be able to show any donations were both needed and would be well spent.


Posted by AN
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 20, 2019 at 6:17 pm



@Gimmee,

Your censored comment can be found (before being censored) on the page I dedicated on my blog to the ongoing censoring.
I copy and then post comments before and after they are censored (only a tiny sampling) here:
Web Link (or search for: village fool palo alto before and after).
I may add another comment of yours which vanished shortly after the thread was posted.

BTW, You are in good company! Here's sampling of censored quotes. I titled this blog post:
What do Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, George Orwell, Miguel De Cervantes, and Shakespeare have in common? All were censored by the PA online.
Link: Web Link (or search for: village fool palo alto twain Shaw Orwell have in common)

Yours,

VililAge FoO000oo00l


Posted by Momma Quix
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 20, 2019 at 8:09 pm

"What do Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, George Orwell, Miguel De Cervantes, and Shakespeare have in common?"

Someone is really 'tilting at windmills'.

The peeps that hate this paper seem to be here a lot!


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