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Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

How many of those covered by the Chronicle's ban ever, under any circumstances, have even the tiniest bit to do with covering national politics? Three, maybe? I'm not real concerned about Mick LaSalle's politics.

Posted by Alan 1 on 01/21/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Perhaps it would be helpful for people to read the position of the Ethics Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists.

I would think they do not come up with their best thinking regarding ethical issues by reacting to the heat of the moment (or our disgusting new leader) but that they create guidance on ethical issues based on careful and thorough information, thinking and discussion.

I would think that posters here may benefit from doing some homework before forming their own opinions.

See here:…

Their opening:

"The SPJ Ethics Committee gets a significant number of questions about whether journalists should engage in political activity. The simplest answer is No. Dont do it. Dont get involved. Dont contribute money, dont work in a campaign, dont lobby, and especially, dont run for office yourself."

They go into very good detail here on what is OK and what is not OK. A news reporter (with extremely significant requirements of objectivity) have much more firm boundaries than a political commentator, as an example.

Posted by Michael Good on 01/21/2017 at 7:26 AM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

I am cancelling my subscription to the Chronicle.

Posted by Kimberly Lynn Davis on 01/20/2017 at 11:14 PM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Ms Cooper should immediately resign her position.

As a former award-winning national news reporter who practiced that profession for 14 years, followed by 20 years of practice as a licensed California attorney, I am appalled at Ms. Cooper's attempt to strip her employees of their rights under our Constitution.

Journalists do not give up their rights as citizens in exchange for their press cards.

No journalistic ethics I've ever encountered as a professional journalist or an attorney have even suggested that journalists be barred from civic participation.

I am not just outraged at Ms. Cooper's decision to force her employees to choose between their jobs and their duties as citizens to participate in our democracy, I am also amazed that she assumes her newspaper's readers would expect that Chronicle employees never dare show their face at any type of political gathering, and that doing so should cost them their livelihood.

Ms. Cooper should resign immediately, because she has placed her newspaper's credibility in question. Journalists deserve every single Constitutional right the rest of us enjoy. I simply can no longer trust that Ms. Cooper is not also attempting to censor her employees in ways that the rest of us will never hear about.

At a time where journalists are being attacked by everyone from Ms. Cooper to the White House, we need managing editors who encourage their employees to be good citizens, and who trust their audience to understand that excellence in journalism and participation in our nation's democracy are not mutually exclusive.

Posted by Michele Magar on January 20, 2017.

Posted by Michele Magar on 01/20/2017 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Judge Slams Oakland Council's Decision Not to Pay Police Monitor, Orders $100,000 Payment Within Month

Monitor Warshaw has a financial incentive never to find OPD in compliance. The judge could set a six-month limit on the contract for any one monitor - but he doesn't. Quan, then Schaaf, and the councilmembers never sought this remedy. None of them really cares about the super-high level of robberies and burglaries in Oakland. This latest dustup shows that City Hall does not know how to wage a tough fight, for there is no doubt that judge Henderson has a deep and abiding hatred of OPD, matched by his disdain for the victims of crime in Oakland.

Posted by Charlie Pine on 01/20/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Ms. Cooper sure has a lot of power that she is misusing as a woman in a leadership position. This is not the time for taking away people's rights Ms. Cooper, it's never a good time. We have all forgiven you for having a paper that is written at 8th grade level, we cannot ignore your willingness to infringe on a women's right to assemble. What's next, will you not allow them to go to clinics or take birth control, or vote? You don't have my support or readership.

Posted by Diana Cristales on 01/20/2017 at 11:37 AM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

I am employed by a national news organization and the restrictions on participating in political events are clear, and, in my opinion, entirely appropriate.

If you're a major news organization, and a news reporter is participating in the news, and taking a partisan side in a battle, how are people supposed to believe that his or her reporting is striving to be fair, rather than striving to persuade?

For example, if a Fox News reporter is photographed holding a Pro Life sign at a rally, would you dismiss his reporting on abortion as propaganda? Fuck yes you would. And rightly so. Because he's not a reporter anymore. He's now a activist. And you assume he's starting out with a narrative that he will make selected facts fit.

And if a SF Chronicle reporter were to be photographed holding a sign with a picture of Trump that says, in huge letters, "What. A Dick," how much easier would it be for the new administration, and its followers, to dismiss everything the Chronicle publishes as biased?

News organizations often make a distinction between reporters and commentators or oped writers. The latter have opinions, and use those opinions in their comments, and are identified as people with opinions. Nothing wrong with that. If you want to consume opinion, there's opinion to be consumed. Buyer beware.

But reporters are expected to strive for fairness and accuracy, to the best of their ability. To report without fear or favor. And the appearance of fairness is a necessary component in asking readers to trust that you are trying to do just that.

Posted by Ken Olofia on 01/20/2017 at 11:21 AM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Blatant denial to rights of freedom of assembly, association, speech.
Patrick Monk.RN. SF. Ca.

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on 01/20/2017 at 9:56 AM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

I and my journalist and writer friends are Marching, in part, to demonstrate opposition to the muzzling of the press by the incoming Trump Administration. The thought of fellow journalists being barred from attending a hugely historic demonstration against an administration who wants to silence the media is appalling! And just a bit suspicious in its own right. if I worked at the chronicle, I would call in sick,(maybe wear a mask) and attend, or feel bad about it the rest of my life. I am shocked and saddened by this dictatorial move on the part of this editor.
hold on to your radios everyone's, the way journalism compromise tells me it may be all we have left. Radio stations like Pacifica Radio from NJ and KPFA radio out of Berkley (both online), and online and Free Speech TV shows like Democracy Now are not corporately sponsored in any way and are the only places we can get unbiased reporting. Thank God they exist

Posted by Karyn Cortani on 01/20/2017 at 6:35 AM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Insight is one thing. OPINION is another completely. If it is an opinion/ editorial piece, sure, both label it AS such and include some personal opinions. But if it is presented as "straight" reporting (just the facts: who, where, when, how), leave the bias out or at least offer full disclosure of it. This new trend of media attempting to influence minds from divergent fields is WHY folks can't/won't trust Mainstream Media anymore (e.g.- reporters feeding Hillary debate questions in advance but not to her opponents). The Chronicle isn't presented as an "Alternative" newspaper, so extremists should stop acting put out that the paper's publisher doesn't want her reporters compromising journalistic ethics. There are more than enough news sources in this day & age so that we don't have to gripe that people are somehow not able to hear folks' opinions because straight news is upholding journalistic ethics (as it should). When one major news source takes on the role of Big Brother by telling us what to think instead of giving us a chance to formulate our own opinions based upon unvarnished facts, then you have BIG Gov't at it's worst right around the corner. Do even the Leftists want THAT(??)

Posted by john_q on 01/20/2017 at 4:37 AM

Re: “Coal Terminal Developer Suing City of Oakland, Seeking to Overturn Ban on Fossil Fuel Exports

Oakland already has more than its share of environmental issues, there's no reason to add coal dust to the mix. Phil Tagami is doing what all business people do nowadays; if they can't get their way legally, they bully cities and towns with pricey, bullshit lawsuits figuring they'll break them financially. He would do well to remember the city he's trying to bully. Oaklanders do not take bullying lying down and they don't shy away from a fight.

Posted by Peter McQuaid on 01/20/2017 at 2:12 AM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Disgusting. If you don't cover the news, then what is your actual job? If you don't cover the truth, witness our voices then you are in fact suppressing the news and you deserve neither our respect nor our support. We have enough fake news. We don't need to add news that shuts out female voices.

Posted by Martha Kreeger on 01/20/2017 at 12:00 AM

Re: “Judge Slams Oakland Council's Decision Not to Pay Police Monitor, Orders $100,000 Payment Within Month

Desley Brooks is right about the lack of transparency regarding the Oakland Police Department. Of course the Council, not to mention the Mayor and the City Administrator, need to be deeply involved in oversight of OPD. This is in addition to the new Police Commission.

It has long amazed me that the elected folks who spend their days in city hall have seemed to be so completely disconnected from our police department. Our police department's name is the "Oakland Police Department." It is a part of the government of the city of Oakland. OPD is a city department. We pay the salaries. We are supposed to be protected and kept safe.

I just cannot understand how and why city hall treats OPD as if it came from outer space.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 01/19/2017 at 7:35 PM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

First Amendment.......

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 01/19/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

Seriously? How can an employer dictate what employees do on their own time?

I'm subscribing to the NY Times now.

Posted by Dianna Garrett on 01/19/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Oakland Raiders Officially File To Move To Las Vegas

At this point, who cares anymore? The City of Oakland officials lost all leverage on broke ass Mark Davis by approving more ridiculous one year lease extensions last year. They should have squeezed Davis and required him to make a real commitment to Oakland (a plan and a realistic financing strategy) or get out now. By allowing him to canvass the world for a big money deal, they only played into his hands. Davis has no money and has never been sincere about staying in Oakland.He, like the owner of the Chargers, has no connection or allegiance to the people who have supported this franchise for a 50 years. In the case of the Chargers, ownership never even brought home a Super Bowl trophy in that half century. What happened to Spanos keeping his part of the bargain by fielding a winning team?The NFL owners today are money hungry whores available to be bought by the highest bidder willing to construct a new billion dollar palace for them. It is ridiculous for any public money anywhere to ever again be spent on venues for private sports teams and owners with insatiable egos. Look at Atlanta, they will play in a new billion dollar football stadium next season when they did not even need a new place to play. Similarly, the Braves will open in a new park this year not because of need, but because the suburban white Atlanta fans no longer want to come into the city to attend baseball games. Look at the Warriors. They have the best home court in the NBA at the Oracle with sellouts for over 20 years. The sellouts and total fan support started way before the winning ways of the last 3 years. Never the less, the shine of big money in SF sends them off into the abyss. No loyalty, no sentiment, no thanks to Oakland, just greed for more. Ask Jed York and the 49ers how that attitude is working for them in Santa Clara. There will be a time when the Warriors are not winning nearly every game. They and the Raiders will miss the true and loyal Oakland fans, when empty seats in SF and Las Vegas outnumber those filled with butts. In the mean time, Mark Davis deserves to be in partnership with a casino boss like Sheldon Adelson or even better, a group of wall street low life from Goldman Sachs. What he doesn't deserve is to be connected with a sincere group of folks with a sense of loyalty and integrity like Ronnie Lott, Marcus Allen and partners, who realize that the Raiders only real home can NEVER be anyplace but Oakland. Whether from a decrease in participation by kids and lawsuits by former players because of CTE, market saturation driven by greed or by ignoring long time loyal fans, NFL owners like Mark Davis will eventually manage to kill the golden goose.

Posted by Gary Patton on 01/19/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

William Randolph Hearst is still well and alive in San Francisco.

Posted by Alejandro Moreno S. on 01/19/2017 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Report: When It Comes to Mortgage Loan Servicing, Banks Are Still Failing to Comply With the Law

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Posted by Victoria Hills on 01/19/2017 at 1:20 PM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

I can't be alone in finding it suspicious that this policy is suddenly being implemented on the eve of the inauguration of a controversial, divisive Republican president, but had no such policy against demonstrations during the last eight years amidst the Tea Party protests against a Democratic president.

Posted by Kevin Goebel on 01/19/2017 at 12:29 PM

Re: “SF Chronicle Editor Bans Newsroom Staff From Attending Saturday's Women's March

So Ms. Cooper wants to ban her staff from their constitutional rights to free speech and assembly because they work for a metropolitan newspaper? I'd like to suggest that under the current administration these rights may disappear so we better use them while we still may.

Posted by Cathleen Miller on 01/19/2017 at 11:08 AM

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