Wednesday, January 9, 2013

SF Weekly Bought by Owners of SF Examiner, Bay Guardian

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Well, it's official. After months of rumors, SF Appeal has confirmed that the owners of the San Francisco Examiner have purchased the SF Weekly from Village Voice Media and will announce details this morning. Examiner reporter Mike Aldax also confirmed the sale in a tweet earlier today.

In later December, Examiner co-owner/president/publisher Todd Vogt announced that his company, the San Francisco Newspaper Company, which also owns the Bay Guardian, was planning on buying another Bay Area publication — meaning either the SF Weekly or the Express. But Express president Jay Youngdahl quickly made it clear that the paper is not for sale.

The sale of the SF Weekly coincided with the sale of the Seattle Weekly, another Village Voice Media publication, to Sound Publishing, it was announced today. Sound Publishing is owned by parent company Black Press, whose chairman, David Black, is a main member of the San Francisco Newspaper Company, along with Vogt. However, the Seattle Weekly and the SF Weekly will be operated independently of one another.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

News Coverage of Climate Change Fell Further in 2012

by Douglas Fischer of The Daily Climate
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Widespread drought, super-storm Sandy, and a melting ice cap failed to revive the media's interest in climate change in 2012, with worldwide coverage continuing its three-year slide, according to a media database maintained by the nonprofit journalism site The Daily Climate. The decline in the number of stories published on the topic — 2.4 percent fewer than 2011 — was the smallest since the United Nations climate talks collapsed in Copenhagen in 2009.

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Friday, December 21, 2012

The Express Is Not for Sale

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

The SF Appeal, an online newspaper, posted a story this morning stating that the owners of the San Francisco Examiner may soon purchase either the SF Weekly or the East Bay Express. Although we’re unclear as to what is happening with the SF Weekly, Jay Youngdahl, president of the Express, told the staff this morning that our newspaper is “definitely not for sale” and that owners of the Examiner are not buying the Express.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Express Wins More Honors

Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 1:31 PM

The East Bay Express has won three honors recently — both for its news coverage and for its work in the community. Publisher Jody Colley is being honored by the Northern California Independent Booksellers association for her work with small, local businesses in the East Bay. Contributors Ali Winston and Joaquin Palomino and co-editor Robert Gammon are being honored by PUEBLO, Oakland’s police watchdog group, for the Express’ ongoing coverage of OPD. And contributor Rachel Swan, the paper’s former music editor, has won an excellence in journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Updated: Public Service Announcement: Article Commenting Is Back Online

Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Update: 2:15 p.m. We're happy to announce that our article commenting function is once again working properly and that commenting on stories has been restored.

We were having problems earlier. A technical glitch prompted our website to allow anonymous comments — which violates our commenting policy. As many readers of this site know, we decided last year to ban anonymous and pseudonymous comments on See our full explanation here.

Thanks for your patience. We apologize again for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Richard Aoki Story Remains Cloudy

by Robert Gammon
Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 9:02 AM

A new report published last Friday confirmed earlier revelations that Richard Aoki, a former longtime political activist and Peralta Community Colleges professor, was an FBI informant for sixteen years. The new report from respected journalist Seth Rosenfeld and published by the Berkeley-based Center for Investigative Reporting uncovered numerous government documents, definitively proving that Aoki repeatedly provided information to the FBI during a time in which he also armed and trained the Black Panthers and was a member of other militant leftist organizations. But while the startling revelations about the iconic Aoki are disturbing, there are still many unanswered questions about his relationship to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Jon Stewart on Paul Ryan's Lies

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney obviously don't care if the news media points our their lies and deceptions, but should they care about comedian Jon Stewart? After all, lots of Americans get their news from the Daily Show — and not from the traditional news media that Ryan and Romney believe is no longer relevant. Here's Stewart mocking some of the lies and deceptions from Ryan's speech, and the questions is: Will it matter?

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Big Lies: Republicans Are Betting that Voters No Longer Pay Attention to the News

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan made it clear last night that he and Mitt Romney believe that they can win the White House by telling lies, over and over again. During his GOP convention speech, Ryan lied repeatedly and deceived the public proudly. We counted at least nine major falsehoods and outright deceptions — statements that can be easily debunked by the news media.

But Ryan and Romney have made it clear that they don’t care. They had to know that mainstream journalists would point out the deceit in Ryan’s speech — and it has been happening since last night. And because they had to know what the news media would do (even Fox News has called Ryan's speech "deceiving"), it seems clear that they’ve made what may be an unprecedented political calculation: that it won’t matter if the news media points out their lies and deceptions because many voters no longer pay attention to the news.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Jon Stewart on Voter ID Laws

by Robert Gammon
Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Voter ID laws are the real story of this year's national elections. Designed by Republicans, the news laws will keep millions of blacks, Latinos, young people, and the elderly from voting this year. As a result, the laws could ensure victory for the Romney-Ryan ticket and GOP Congressional candidates, especially in the all-important swing states. Voter ID laws are supposedly intended to eliminate voter fraud. Except there's one big problem — voter fraud is extraordinarily rare in this country. The mainstream media, however, has done a poor job so far of covering this major issue. Who better, then, to boil it all down than Jon Stewart?

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Why a Curfew in Oakland Is Still a Bad Idea

by Robert Gammon
Thu, Aug 16, 2012 at 6:29 AM

Last year, the Express published two investigative reports showing that curfews not only don’t work, but implementing one in Oakland would be unnecessary. At the time, then-Police Chief Anthony Batts, along with city councilmen Ignacio De La Fuente and Larry Reid, was pushing for a youth curfew as a way to deal with Oakland's soaring crime rate. Now, current Police Chief Howard Jordan has reportedly renewed the call for a citywide curfew, and the idea is still being backed by De La Fuente and others, including Chronicle columnist Chip Johnson and Tribune columnist Tammerlin Drummond. But the facts about curfews haven’t changed in the past eleven months: There is still no credible evidence that youth curfews lower violent crime, and there’s still no evidence that Oakland’s teens are responsible for the city’s continued high crime rate.

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