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Re: “Trib's Owner Busts its Union with a BANG

I will likely suffer the brickbats for this take. I used to be in the business many years ago at the CCT and then in Florida. I moved back to Bay Area during the Chronicle strike and almost crossed the picket line to get a job. That proposition did not look very secure and I did not want to go back to then what was the minor leagues of journalism, CCT and Oakland Tribune, triple A and double A respectively. I know we all need to work for a living but anyone at the Trib had to have seen the writing on the wall for say, oh, the last 20 years. The Trib has occasional glimpses of good reporting but I always come away from the Trib feeling "dumbed down" from its lowest common denominator approach. The paper has neither the staffing nor the moxie to really look at the City's dysfunction or try to explore solutions. It is too caught up in the daily box score of body-count crime coverage or shcmaltzy pieces or civic cheerleading. (We rely on Chip Johnson to say things that Trib columnists usually won't touch.) Trib workers, you had your chance. What are you getting for your years of dedication?

Posted by Mike Spencer on 08/13/2007 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Your Black Muslim Bakery Raided

Sorry for being such a nag on an obvious point that media not addressing: When cops had linked the Muslim Fakery crew to two other homicides, why did they wait for Chauncey's death to serve arrest warrants? Maybe his death was not foreseeable, but other deaths/beatings at the hands of Bean-Curd Murder Inc. were somewhat predictable. It boils down to media being afraid to piss off the police brass. Do your jobs. Also, can hardly wait to see what favors or contributions Muslim Fakery gave and got from East Bay politicos. I look forward to the Express exploring these questions.

Posted by Mike Spencer on 08/05/2007 at 2:11 AM

Re: “The Mercury News Lays Off 31 Employees

If you want to know the future of the Mercury, just give the brain-dead Trib a read. Heavy on spot-news reporting, little or no investigative pieces and not much analysis. The down side of the media monopoly is well underway and will only become more apparent with the blandness of CCT/Merc/Trib. It's interesting because the newspapers are slitting their own throats. When they don't invest in how to be different, thoughtful, innovative, probing, they are guaranteeing to be irrelevant because broadcase already does a lot of what they do but better. When is the last time any East Bay daily paper ever really looked into how the City of Oakland is run (not run) or Alameda County? They don't. They have given up.

Posted by Mike Spencer on 07/04/2007 at 11:17 PM

Express, care to respond? Nudge, nudge.

Posted by Mike Spencer on 07/02/2007 at 2:15 PM

In the interest of full disclosure, does the Express still take big tobacoo money for those cigarette insert ads that used to drop out of the pages with brick-like heft? If not, great. If so, how much money in advertising does Express take from cigarette companies?

Posted by Mike Spencer on 06/30/2007 at 8:08 PM

Re: “The East Bay Express Under New Independent Ownership

Let me run the correction: Bottom Feeder!

Posted by Mike Spencer on 05/21/2007 at 10:40 PM

Re: “The East Bay Express Under New Independent Ownership

I have to give props where they are do. I much prefer the cover stories in the last few years as opposed to the more tedious ones they did in days of yore. Everything has been tightened up. The story about Fentons a couple years back was fantastic and the eyewitness account of the kid run over at the drag race was good stuff too. I miss Dog Bites. I am still waiting for any paper, Chron, Trib, Express, etc., to dig and take a look at how the City of Oakland wastes money year after year. Incompetence or corruption? The Express's tone can sometimes be snarky for snarky's sake. We are not going to get any investigative journalism out of the local dailies so the Express is our last hope.

Posted by Mike Spencer on 05/21/2007 at 5:23 PM

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