Ken Olofia 
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Re: “Time To #DeleteUber In Oakland

I canceled my Uber account on Sunday and opened a Lyft account. But I did so reluctantly because my fellow-Oaklanders are as important to me as immigrants and refugees. So I found this article all too typical of EBX's simplistic black and white view of the world.

I canceled my account to make a point about the actions of Uber's CEO, despite knowing that the company will provide jobs and public tax revenues for my city. I canceled my account despite suspecting that many people who work for Uber feel exactly the way I do about immigrants and President Gaslight Anus Mouth.

My hope is to influence the future behavior of Travis Kalinick. I hope that he will give me a reason to return my business to Uber someday. I would advise Oaklanders to tell Uber exactly how you feel. Vote with your wallet. And watch for changes. But understand that there's gray in the world before wish Uber will go elsewhere. Don't cut off our noses to spite your face.

Posted by Ken Olofia on 02/01/2017 at 1:00 PM

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: “Should Oakland Even Bother Trying to Keep the Raiders?

Good riddance. We're supposed to go tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in debt so an entitled douchbag can make millions by overcharging us to get into his new stadium? Eight dates a year? Puh-lease. It'd be cheaper to buy every Raider fan in Oakland an NFL Sunday Ticket football package on cable, and let us watch the games from Las Vegas.

Posted by Ken Olofia on 09/09/2016 at 5:47 PM

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