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Weekly you need a Daily

Original post made by Resident, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Mar 18, 2013


The Daily Post today ran a headline story today which I thought was shoddy and mean spirited. "Bully confesses" used the public comments of a young man who recently spoke at a school board meeting, to write a partial version of the events. I had heard about this case and what the Post wrote does not sound right. The young man was first pushed around by a student, and he reacted after also repeatedly asking for help. At the board meeting he was not "confessing," as he appears to have never previously denied anything. I don't know this young man, but I am sorry that a local Journal did this to him.

I have found the Daily Post to be shoddy before, but I admit I grab it because of the quick, and abridged portrait format, as opposed to a lengthy regular newspaper. Advertisers will not be reaching me through the Daily Post anymore, and I was thinking that you need to put out a Daily with a similar format?

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Posted by No Post 4 Me
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I stopped reading the Daily Post a long time ago because I thought the reporting was shoddy. I much prefer the Daily News. The Post also has far too much advertising for my taste.

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Posted by Shame on you Post!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2013 at 4:00 pm

The young man who spoke at the School Board meeting last week came to the meeting to advocate for the residents of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park which is in danger of being no more. He wanted to talk about his little brother not being able to have the same opportunities to get a good education (actually I think he was complimentary about the academic experience he had while in the PAUSD system).

After he heard several people in the open forum address the issue of bullying he felt that he had to share his experience and what that experience lead to is tragic. He is in college now and trying to make a success of himself and now they want to deport him? That is wrong. Had the administrators at Gunn listened to him earlier about the multiple bullying incidents he was experiencing and had they taken action the young man would never have had to defend himself. Indeed, he was not the bully as your headline reads. He was the victim. The Post owes this young man apology (in a banner headline like today's paper). He paid for his "crime" and wanted to bear witness to where things can escalate to if a student whose pleas for help are not heard or acted on. I blame the Gunn staff for not helping this young man. I do feel bad that there was an injured bully but consider how difficult it is for a victim to have all his pleas for help fall on deaf ears. He chose the wrong way to defend himself apparently and the charges were very harsh. I can't help but thinking that if this were not a disadvantaged Latino boy the perp would not have been treated this way (son or daughter of a wealthy entitled PA family). God forbid a victim defend him or herself which could lead to that entitled child losing their college recommendation or some similar disastrous consequence.

It is shameful that the Post should misrepresent the facts in this case. I will not be supporting any of their advertisers either and will not believe much I hear from them as they have been known to spin the facts in many areas.

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Posted by fish guts too good for the Post
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

The Daily Post is run by a libertarian right-wing fire eating conservative. If anyone ever expected accurate journalism from them that hope died with the infamous "adult blog" headline they pasted over poor Dave Cortright's face for having the nerve to run against education privateer Grace Mah. And of course what he did to Ken Dauber -- equally sleazy. Now running inaccurate and defamatory information about a teenager. The Palo Alto Enquirer strikes again. Sorry Misael. You didn't deserve it.

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Posted by Avid Post Reader
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 18, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I love the Daily Post I read it every day. It is the only local rag that has the courage to give us the "other side of the story". Unlike the other local papers who only give us the correct, smoothed over dialog that City Hall and 25 Churchill want you to know.

Read it you'll love it. Hurrah, for freedom of the press.

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Posted by Not an issue
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Well said, avid post reader. You are correct on all counts. If you want shoddy reporting with a bias for those that " donate" to the paper, read the weekly. They are also notorious for selling ad space to council candidates and then endorsing them come election time.

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Posted by retired journalist
a resident of Professorville
on Mar 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

The contrast in quality and ethics between the three papers in Palo Alto is stark, and anyone who honestly thinks the Post does anything but intentionally sensationalize and distort the news need only look at today's issue as the most recent example. It is shameful how inaccurately they presented the story of the former Gunn student.

Palo Alto is lucky to have a paper like the Weekly, which isn't afraid to challenge the power structure when it's needed (like when they have sued the city for disclosure of public records or what they are now doing to expose the improprieties at the school district) but that actually thinks about how to best inform the community in a thoughtful way.

Those of you out there that like the Post must do so only because you enjoy watching them twist the news to advance their owners' anti-government, anti-everything agenda. That's not journalism, and it undermines and damages our community.

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Posted by Not an issue
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Retired journalist--IMHO the weekly is sorely lacking in ethical standards and theat undermines and damages our community. The weekly occasionally has to challenge the power structure, otherwise people will realize that they are constantly shilling for the powers that be. The weekly should not be confused for a newspaper they ate an advertising weekly that solicits donations in order to ncrease their profit.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Avid Post reader,

The Post is definitely re-defining the "other side of the story.'

Not an issue,

The Post has been a pretty junky paper, confirmed it for me today. The color and headlines can fool enough people, just not all.

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Posted by Not an issue
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Well, I guess this all means that our city has a good choice as far as local papers. As expected, people will have different views of our local papers. And we do not want to go back to the days when there was no daily local paper and just a twice a week paper telling what is going on.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 19, 2013 at 4:56 am

Not an issue,

"Well, I guess this all means that our city has a good choice as far as local papers."

Not really, when the quality of one of them, the Post, is so poor. It can hardly be considered a choice. It's just there.

There is room for more.

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Posted by anecdote annie
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Resident: you sure got that right. The Post is horrid, and though the Daily News is better, it isn't great. They definitely need some competition

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