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  • MediaNews Group Severs Ties with Righthaven

    09/08/2011 10:20:00 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    One Utah Blog ^ | September 8, 2011 | Ken Bingham
    The Denver Post is reporting that MediaNews Group, its parent company along with the Salt Lake Tribune, will not be renewing their contract with the controversial drive-by litigation group Righthaven. According to the report MediaNews Group stopped working with them “some time ago”. John Paton, who was appointed as MediaNews chief executive Wednesday, sent a message on Twitter later in the day that MediaNews had terminated its relationship with Righthaven “some time ago.” MediaNews Group’s relationship with Righthaven dealt almost exclusively with one image that of the TSA agent performing a patdown that became a symbol of the “Don’t touch...
  • Northern Calif. newspapers to combine, cut staff

    08/23/2011 4:30:16 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/23/11
    MediaNews Group is combining most of its daily newspapers in the San Francisco Bay area to save money. The shake-up announced Tuesday will affect 13 newspapers . . .
  • Associated Press Chairman Signs Up For Righthaven, Begins Suing Bloggers

    12/07/2010 11:56:39 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies · 1+ views ^ | Dec 7th, 2010 | by Mike Masnick
    Well, well, well. Remember back when the Associated Press threatened bloggers for quoting snippets of AP articles? Is the organization considering dipping its toes in the Righthaven waters? The Las Vegas Sun reports that Righthaven has signed up Media News as a client and has sued a blogger on behalf of the Denver Post, after the blogger apparently reposted a Denver Post column by Mike Rosen (with a link and credit). This is interesting for a few different reasons. First, it was just a few weeks ago that the Denver Post published a cryptic "reminder" about copyright that had a...
  • MediaNews Group expands newspaper furloughs

    02/08/2009 12:25:45 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 621+ views
    bizjournal ^ | February 7, 2009
    MediaNews Group Inc., which previously asked workers at its newspapers in California to take one-week unpaid leaves, is now putting employees on furlough at its papers in at least five more states. Unpaid leaves announced or agreed to Friday apply to newspapers in Texas, New Mexico, Minnesota, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In most cases, the furloughs are to be taken by the end of March. It also has frozen pensions and suspended its 401(k) fund match payments for managers and other non-union workers at the Denver daily. A MediaNews spokesman told the Associated Press on Friday that the company's employees...
  • Scripps says Post violates JOA ( Media cat fight )

    01/30/2009 2:03:44 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 394+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 28, 2009 | David Milstead
    Letter alleges improper payment of newsroom costs. The Denver Post violated its agreement with Rocky owner E.W. Scripps when it borrowed $13 million from their jointly owned operating agency to cover The Post's newsroom payroll, Scripps wrote in a letter to Post executives last month. "We request that this practice cease and that the Post find a way to fund its editorial payroll without resorting to this . . .," Scripps executives Rich Boehne and Mark Contreras wrote. The letter was dated Dec. 9, five days after Scripps announced it would sell the Rocky and would pursue other options, including...
  • Newspaper chain's staffers to be furloughed { MediaNews Group }

    01/28/2009 7:49:42 PM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 652+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/28/9 | Tom Abate
    SAN JOSE -- About 3,300 staffers who work at 29 daily newspapers in California run by the MediaNews Group must take an unpaid, one-week furlough in February and March as a possible alternative to layoffs, the company said Wednesday. The move, announced in an e-mail to MediaNews staffers, will affect employees at the Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News, which are among the California papers controlled by Denver-based MediaNews. Charles Kamen, vice president of human resources for the chain, said MediaNews was following the lead of Gannett Co., which recently told 31,000 employees at 85 daily...
  • Bay Area Papers Make 26 Cuts -- But Avoid Layoffs (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    03/07/2008 5:10:33 AM PST · by abb · 8 replies · 86+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | March 7, 2008 | Staff
    A group of newspapers in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area said Thursday it will cut its staff by 10 percent but will avoid layoffs because enough workers took buyout offers. The cuts affect the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and a string of 14 other daily and weekly newspapers operated by the Bay Area News Group-East Bay. The cuts will come from every department, including the newsroom. Of the company's 1,100 workers, 107 took buyout offers, making layoffs unnecessary, according to John Armstrong, president of Bay Area News Group-East Bay. Armstrong said he told the staff the cuts would...
  • How to Lose Credibility on your blog, the Huffington Post way

    02/17/2007 8:18:06 PM PST · by summer · 95 replies · 3,030+ views
    summer2007 (summer's new blog) | Feb 17, 2007 | summer
    Editorial written by summer Whenever I start writing something I hope can be appreciated by both sides of the aisle, it seems like my hope quickly fades, because of a bad situation I can’t ignore from one side, which more often than not is the liberal side. For example, enforces a strict policy of not allowing a news headline to be discarded; but, over at Huff Post, they literally “eat” the press. When I surfed over to Huffington Post last night, I saw a front page news headline I hadn’t seen posted anywhere else, screaming about Jeb Bush. Apparently...
  • (San Jose) Mercury News layoff tally: Job cuts are trimmed to 35 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/06/2006 5:54:57 AM PST · by abb · 10 replies · 321+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 6, 2006 | Ryan Kim
    The San Jose Mercury News completed a round of layoffs Tuesday that trimmed its workforce by 35 employees in one of the first big moves under its new owner, MediaNews Group. The layoffs, which began Monday night, came just after the company reached a tentative agreement on a labor contract with its largest union, the San Jose Newspaper Guild, Monday morning. The last-minute deal, which followed a 20-hour negotiating session, reduced the number of job cuts by more than half. The newspaper had originally planned to cut 69 Guild jobs as part of a cost-cutting effort brought about by declining...
  • Judge issues restraining order in Bay Area newspaper sale { Media News }

    11/28/2006 3:48:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 343+ views
    AP ^ | 11/28/6 | DAVID KRAVETS
    SAN FRANCISCO - A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the consolidation of advertising and distribution operations of Bay Area newspapers owned by Denver-based MediaNews Group Inc. The Northern California newspapers in the McClatchy Co. and MediaNews deal include the Monterey County Herald, San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times. MediaNews, which owns the Denver Post and dozens of other newspapers, also got the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota under a complex deal that involves financing from Hearst Corp., owner of the San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco real estate magnate Clint Reilly filed an antitrust lawsuit to block...
  • Claim: MediaNews cutting staff to prepare for Hearst deal (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/27/2006 7:52:10 AM PST · by abb · 9 replies · 307+ views
    Poynter Online ^ | November 27, 2006 | Carolyn Said
    Papers face new request Temporary halt to discussions sought in court - Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer Thursday, November 23, 2006 Click to View A federal judge is pondering a new request by San Francisco businessman Clint Reilly to temporarily put the brakes on a complex deal among the owners of almost all the daily newspapers in the Bay Area. Reilly, a real-estate investor and former candidate for mayor, filed an antitrust suit in July against Hearst Corp., publisher of The Chronicle, and MediaNews Group, publisher of the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, Marin Independent Journal...
  • MediaNews to outsource proofreading to India

    11/12/2006 9:48:49 AM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies · 528+ views
    Halfway to Concord ^ | 11/12/6 | Bill Gram-Reefer
    The swirling accelerates around the drain as MediaNews announced it has eliminated 20 more jobs from its Bay Area Newspapers. This round of cuts includes advertising production and proofreading jobs from the Contra Costa Times. Blaming a ?sudden and steep decline in home sales,? George Avalos reports that staff was told such work will be outsourced to Express KCS, ?a leading provider of offshore design and prepress?? services. Can you imagine the conversation when the folks at Fitzpatrick Chevrolet have to call Sarosh in Bangalore to correct a misprint in some Hummer?s sale price? Why stop with the ads? Maybe...
  • Layoffs at East (SF) Bay Newspapers (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/09/2006 4:52:09 PM PST · by abb · 4 replies · 205+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | November 9, 2006 | Robert Gammon
    Filed under: Business, Arts & Culture MediaNews announced a plan to lay off eight newsroom employees on Monday at its ANG Newspapers chain, which includes the Oakland Tribune, Daily Review of Hayward, Argus of Fremont and Tri-Valley Herald. The company says it will lay off two photographers, a staff writer, a business writer, a graphics designer, two part-time copy editors, and a high school sports writer, according to a memo sent Wednesday to the Northern California Media Workers Guild, the union that represents ANG newsroom employees. The layoff announcement follows layoff notices by MediaNews at the San Jose Mercury News....
  • Big Wage Cuts at MediaNews “Crown Jewel” (SJ Mercury News/Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/07/2006 2:00:15 PM PST · by abb · 8 replies · 431+ views
    East Bay Express ^ | November 7, 2006 | Robert Gammon
    Filed under: Business MediaNews, the national newspaper chain that owns the Oakland Tribune and recently purchased the Contra Costa Times and the San Jose Mercury News, has unveiled its proposal to cut wages for new reporters at the Merc by more than thirty percent. The offer, made in union contract negotiations, provides a stark glimpse of how MediaNews plans to manage a newspaper that its CEO Dean Singleton called earlier this year one of the “crown jewels” of the now-defunct Knight Ridder media empire. Under the MediaNews proposal, new reporters and photographers hired after the contract is signed would earn...
  • 'Mercury News' To Axe Up to 101, Including 15% of Newsroom (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/21/2006 1:48:57 PM PDT · by abb · 46 replies · 746+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | October 20, 2006 | Staff
    SAN JOSE The San Jose Mercury News plans to lay off as many as 101 employees over the next two months to cut costs and make up for declining advertising revenue, the paper said Friday. The company will eliminate 41 newsroom positions - or about 15 percent of its editorial staff - by Dec. 19, with the rest of the cuts coming from other departments including circulation, finance, marketing and human resources, said Dan Breeden, a Mercury News spokesman. The cuts, which officials say will be made mostly through layoffs, will sever about 8 percent of the paper's overall workforce....
  • Editor of Times replaced {MediaNews takes over}

    10/21/2006 9:22:11 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 611+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 10/21/6 | Malaika Fraley
    Contra Costa Times Editor Chris Lopez was replaced Friday after more than six years at the publication, the newspaper announced. Lopez's responsibilities will be assumed by Contra Costa Times Executive Editor Kevin Keane. Keane, 48, has been an editor at MediaNews for nine years, most recently as the executive editor of ANG Newspapers. He retains oversight of MediaNews' East Bay editorial operations. "As we consolidate the operations of Contra Costa and ANG newspapers in the Bay Area, there are some positions that have become redundant, and, unfortunately for Chris, his is one of those positions," said John Armstrong, who oversees...
  • MediaNews Shows its Colors

    10/01/2006 8:18:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 204+ views
    Halfway to Concord ^ | 10/1/6 | Bill Gram-Reefer
    So now we have at least one indication of what it means to have MediaNews operate the Contra Costa Times. Even though online storage is dirt cheap, the Times now makes people pay to access archived articles less than a month old. For instance, you now have to pay for Ryan Huff’s excellent article on how campaign contributions effect Concord elections even though it was only published 9/3. That’s not right. Rather than robbing people and actually helping to coverup corruption by charging people for access to information, MediaNews might instead actually help the community it is supposed to serve...

    08/20/2006 4:39:01 PM PDT · by Cedar · 34 replies · 2,182+ views
    BILL GATES 'CHARITY' FOUNDATION FINANCES NEWSPAPER PURCHASES The BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION declares its noble mission is to bring "innovations in health and learning to the global community." But the world's largest philanthropic organization also is among the organizations that collectively loaned nearly $400 million to MEDIANEWS GROUP INC. -- for the acquisition of newspapers in California and Minnesota! "I thought this foundation was all about starving kids, not starving newspapers," mocked one Seattle insider. MORE The GATES FOUNDATION loaned an unspecified amount to MEDIANEWS, along with GENERAL ELECTRIC. In April, MEDIANEWS agreed to buy four newspapers, including the...
  • MediaNews agrees to buy Merc, CoCo Times

    04/26/2006 3:54:32 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 2 replies · 165+ views
    SF Chron ^ | 4/26/06 | Carolyn Said, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Denver's MediaNews Group agreed to buy the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times -- the Bay Area's second and third largest newspapers -- from McClatchy Co., the companies said today. New York's Hearst Corp., publisher of The Chronicle and SFGate, is buying the Monterey County Herald and the St. Paul Pioneer Press of Minnesota from McClatchy and will transfer ownership of those papers to MediaNews in exchange for a stake in MediaNews' operations outside the Bay Area. The deal for all four papers was valued at $1 billion -- 11.5 times the paper's earnings before interest, taxes,...
  • Times sold to MediaNews [McClatchy bought from Knight-Ridder]

    04/26/2006 3:36:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 339+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/26/6 | George Avalos and James Temple
    The McClatchy Co. announced an agreement to sell the Times and three other newspapers for $1 billion to MediaNews Group Inc. and Hearst Corp. Denver-based MediaNews, publisher of the Oakland Tribune and other East Bay papers, will purchase the Times and San Jose Mercury News. New York City-based Hearst, owner of the San Francisco Chronicle, will buy the Monterey Herald and St. Paul Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. Hearst has agreed to "contribute" the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Monterey Herald to MediaNews in return for an equity investment in MediaNews assets outside of the Bay Area. If the...
  • AP: Iraq Police Deny Report of Teachers Killed ( said Teachers beheaded before students )

    04/19/2006 12:43:26 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 676+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 19, 2006 at 8:51:18 PDT | ASSOCIATED PRESS staff
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Militants killed two people at elementary schools in a mainly Shiite district of Baghdad on Wednesday, the government said. But police in the neighborhood denied any attack occurred. The contradictory accounts could not immediately be reconciled. The National Security Ministry initially said in a statement that militants broke into the Amna and Shaheed Hamdi schools and "slaughtered" a teacher in each one in front of students in the Shaab neighborhood of the capital. But the ministry later said the dead were a school guard and a teacher. It said the guard was stabbed to death by...
  • PETA Takes on J.Lo Over Fur Fashions

    03/12/2005 4:23:50 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 6 replies · 1,304+ views ^ | 3 12 05 | ap
    NEW YORK Mar 12, 2005 — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants Jennifer Lopez to "Get Right" when it comes to fur. Lopez introduced her Sweetface collection during New York Fashion Week last month. "Please don't support Jennifer Lopez or her bloody business," according to a Web site that the animal rights group has devoted to the singer, actress and now fashion designer. "Many hot designers, including Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, Todd Oldham, Marc Bouwer, and others have … created synthetic alternatives that are hip, humane, and easily available and don't turn animals into fashion victims." Calls by...
  • Six SEALs sue AP, reporter

    12/28/2004 10:03:56 PM PST · by kattracks · 26 replies · 2,897+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/29/04 | Jennifer Harper
    Six Navy SEALs filed a lawsuit against the Associated Press and one of its reporters yesterday, saying the news organization revealed their identities, compromised their security and invaded their privacy by publishing personal photographs in a Dec. 4 story.     The complaint says AP reporter Seth Hettena used about 40 images from the personal photo-storage Web site of a Navy SEAL wife. [snip] The images were picked up by the Arab press, including Al Jazeera, and have made their way onto a billboard outside U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where detainees from the war on terror are being kept. The...
  • Complete election results for ALL presidental candidates(updated at 4 30 pm eastern)

    11/03/2004 2:46:38 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 3 replies · 910+ views ^ | 11 3 04 | Chon LaLonde
    Update at 4:30 pm nov 3 results for all presidental candidates ALL CANDIDATES CANDIDATE VOTE TOTAL VOTE % John Kerry, Democrat 55,104,702 48% George W. Bush, Republican (incumbent) 58,640,799 51% Ralph Nader, independent 392,219 0% Michael Badnarik, Libertarian 374,741 0% Michael Peroutka, constitution party 129,162 0% David Cobb, green party 104,591 0% Leonard Peltier, peace and freedom party 21,616 0% Gene Amondson, Prohibition Party 1,895 0% Andy Andress, Unaffiliated (no websites for candidate or party )716 0% Walter Brown, Socialist Party USA 10,258 0% Roger Calero, socialist workers party 5,263 0% Earl F. Dodge, Prohibition party 122 0% Thomas Harens,...
  • Mike Wallace Won't Face Charges in Parking Scuffle

    08/27/2004 10:07:23 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 12 replies · 608+ views
    aolnews ^ | 8 27 04
    NEW YORK (Aug. 27) - The city's Taxi and Limousine Commission said it would not pursue a disorderly conduct charge against 86-year-old CBS newsman Mike Wallace, who was arrested earlier this month during a confrontation with inspectors outside a Manhattan restaurant. The "60 Minutes" correspondent was handcuffed and taken to a police precinct on Aug. 10 after he and his driver clashed with inspectors while Wallace picked up a takeout order at a restaurant. He was issued a summons and released. Wallace said he left the restaurant to find two inspectors interviewing his driver, who they said was double-parked. He...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Where is the peace? (Ithaca newspaper mourns loss of Saddam)

    03/20/2004 7:36:35 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 23 replies · 289+ views
    Ithaca Journal ^ | Originally published Saturday, March 20, 2004 | Gannett News Service
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- An old Arab proverb says tyranny is better than anarchy. A year after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003, Iraqis have scarcely had a day free of bedlam. That point was driven home Wednesday with the devastating bombing of a hotel in central Baghdad that killed dozens of people just two days before the war's one-year anniversary. Perhaps the worst day of violence was March 2, when suicide bombers attacked Shiite shrines in the holy city of Karbala and in Baghdad, killing more than 180 people. That attack, more than any other, has raised...

    03/19/2004 8:15:09 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 6 replies · 191+ views
    The Auburn NY Citizen Copyright © 2004 ^ | Friday, March 19, 2004 | By Joey West / The Citizen
    AUBURN - They get together because they share a past, but the military veterans at the American Legion in Auburn have conflicting views on what the country they served is doing now in Iraq. The United States went to war against Iraq one year ago today. A year later, Saddam Hussein has been captured and his regime has been defeated. But Iraq is a violent and volatile place, with some form of terrorist attack taking place almost each day. At the American Legion Post 1324 on State Street in Auburn, opinions varied about what the United States should do now....
  • Mel Gibson: $5 Mil to Fringe Church (FOX attacks "antiquated Catholic ideology")

    02/20/2004 5:46:17 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 332 replies · 931+ views
    FOX ^ | Friday, February 20, 2004 | By Roger Friedman
    Mel Gibson's put his money where his mouth is. By now everyone in the world knows he's spent $25 million to make "The Passion of the Christ" and promised nearly $25M more to market it. But what you may not know is that Gibson has also put up $5.1 million so far to run his own personal church near Malibu. Last year Christopher Noxon wrote in The New York Times that Gibson had donated $2.3 million to make Holy Family Catholic Church in Agoura Hills, California a reality. Holy Family rejects the universally accepted teachings of the Second Vatican Conference...
  • (Bush) Credibility implosion: Errors, lies and mistrust (City of Evil alert)

    02/04/2004 5:42:44 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 16 replies · 222+ views
    Ithaca Journal ^ | Wednesday, February 4, 2004 | EDITORIAL
    <p>When George W. Bush's presidency runs the gauntlet of commentators and historians in years to come, the concept of "opportunity lost" will surely emerge again and again.</p> <p>After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush impressed even his critics with his initial handling of that national tragedy. He reassured the public, put al-Quaida on notice, and went after them with a vengeance in Afghanistan and around the globe.</p>
  • ABC News Accused of Biased Coverage of Abortion, Pro-Life March

    01/23/2004 11:41:52 AM PST · by m1-lightning · 35 replies · 3,186+ views
    Life News ^ | 01/23/04 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A media watchdog group is accusing ABC News of biased coverage about abortion and the March for Life, where more than 100,000 people gathered to mourn the Roe v. Wade decision allowing abortion. While ABC on Thursday night gave a few seconds of air time to Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark's clarification of his position in favor of abortion, it blacked out any coverage of the March for Life. Instead, ABC's web site featured two articles with a decidedly pro-abortion viewpoint, notes Jessica Anderson of the Media Research Center. "'Christian Terrorists': Anti-Abortionist Calls for Violence, Says...
  • Ithaca Freshmen favor speech limitations

    11/13/2003 4:31:49 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 21 replies · 250+ views
    the Ithacan ^ | October 23, 2003 | Brooke Bennett - Senior Writer
    ITHACA--Only 15 percent of Ithaca College freshman think college officials have the right to prevent people with radical views from speaking on campus, but 65 percent said the college should prohibit racist and sexist speech on campus, according to the results of the freshman attitude survey, which were released last week. Broken down by school, the highest percentage of students agreeing with prohibiting racist and sexist speech were in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Sixty-eight percent agreed, a figure that surprised Policello. “This year’s communications responses were a bit different,” she said of the survey results. Freshman journalism...
  • Cornell Student Assaulted (Black on White "hate crime" at Ithaca Ludacris concert?)

    11/11/2003 6:06:21 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 144 replies · 2,387+ views
    Copyright © 2003 by The Cornell Daily Sun, Inc. ^ | TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2003 | By SUN STAFF
    ITHACA--A white female student assaulted Sunday night leaving the Nappy Roots and Ludacris concert at Cornell's Barton Hall told The Sun that she was the victim of a hate-crime, which left her with a ruptured ear drum and thirteen stiches on her face. The Cornell Police morning report noted that the police received a "complaint from a student that was physically assaulted by an unkown individual." The report indicated that the assault occurred at 11:47 p.m. and that the investigation is continuing. The incident, as described by the victim, began when the student had a minor altercation with another girl...
  • Iraq: the lies go on [Media's WMD Denials]

    10/10/2003 6:48:47 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 13 replies · 309+ views
    Melbourne Herald Sun ^ | 10/9/03 | Andrew Bolt
    Iraq: the lies go on 09oct03 I ALREADY knew our media had trouble telling the truth about Iraq. After last week's shameful headlines, David Kay now sadly agrees. Kay leads the 1200 American, Australian and British experts searching for Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and last week gave an interim report on what they'd found. Here's how it was sold to us. "Weapon hunt fizzles," declared the Hobart Mercury. "No weapons, no approval for Bush in poll," gloated the Sydney Morning Herald. "Iraq search finds no WMD stockpile," said the Age. "US weapons hunt turns up nothing," added the Northern...
  • FREEP this inherantly biased poll: Did Rush Limbaugh Cross the Line on NFL Countdown?

    10/07/2003 5:20:26 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 22 replies · 331+ views
    The choices are: Definitley; I'm not sure; No, but I'm also a fan of Fox News; He was on ESPN's NFL Countdown? Ithaca is the City of Evil.
  • Cornell Grad Sale '58 Talks Local Politics (compares self to Unabomber) (Ithaca is the City of Evil)

    10/06/2003 4:47:44 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies · 378+ views
    Copyright © 2003 by The Cornell Daily Sun, Inc. ^ | MONDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2003 | By DAN WALPOW
    ITHACA--"Don't you think people want to be told that their way of life is unsustainable?" quips Officer Lockstock at the conclusion of the Broadway musical Urinetown. The answer is apparently "yes," as demonstrated by the sizable crowd of mainly Ithaca residents that gathered at Autumn Leaves Used Books in the Commons on Friday evening to hear speaker Kirkpatrick Sale '58. Sponsored by the Paul Glover for Mayor campaign, Sale's talk discussed the necessity of local politics in a world where "we are ruled by a large number of very large financial and corporate interests," a statement Sale made early on...
  • Court upholds sentence in Jesse Dirkhising case Man convicted in homosexual rape & murder

    09/23/2003 11:05:22 AM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies · 605+ views
    Court upholds sentence in Jesse Dirkhising caseMan convicted in homosexual rape, murder of 13-year-old boy keeps 25-year prison term Posted: September 21, 20031:00 a.m. Eastern By Jon Dougherty© 2003 The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld the 25-year sentence of a man convicted of the homosexual rape and murder of a 13-year-old boy. The state's highest court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling which said a pair of statements made to police in September 1999 by Joshua Macabe Brown shortly after his arrest should not be thrown out. Earlier, Benton County Circuit Judge David S. Clingler ruled although he had ''serious...
  • Bush denies his new request is another Patriot Act

    09/19/2003 8:39:36 PM PDT · by Brian S · 5 replies · 275+ views
    By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON -- The White House won't say it, the Justice Department denies it and opponents salivate at every opportunity to use it. ''The USA Patriot Act'' is a phrase that Bush administration officials shun when questioned about the new anti-terrorism powers the president is asking lawmakers to give police and prosecutors. Among the measures President Bush is seeking are expanded use of the federal death penalty, tougher bail restrictions and FBI power to subpoena records and witnesses without having to go to a judge or grand jury. The new authority would be in...
  • Another unpleasant anniversary today (Ithaca is the City of Evil alert)

    09/11/2003 4:58:30 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies · 235+ views
    Ithaca Journal ^ | Thursday, September 11, 2003 | editorial
    Painful memories that are attached to the date of Sept. 11 are not limited to the year 2001. Thirty years ago today, on Sept. 11, 1973, Chile's elected president, Salvador Allende, was overthrown in a coup by Augusto Pinochet, a Chilean general whose subsequent 17-year dictatorial regime is best remembered for its ongoing human rights abuses. It is widely held that the Pinochet coup was strongly backed and even planned by the U.S. intelligence community, which was eager to be rid of Allende because of his Marxist background. Regime changes are nothing new in world history or in U.S. history...
  • Olbermann Denigrates FNC as Bunch of McCarthyistic "Demagogues"

    09/03/2003 12:41:41 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 59 replies · 731+ views
    MRC ^ | Wednesday, September 03, 2003 | BrentBaker
    MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, who once said that Ken Starr reminded him of the Nazi Heinrich Himmler, on Tuesday night, during a session with left-wing ranter Al Franken, denigrated the Fox News Channel as a bunch of "demagogues." Recalling how past demagogues like Joe McCarthy have "self-destructed," Olbermann raised the unsuccessful lawsuit against Franken for using the "fair and balanced" phrase and queried Franken: "Did you get some kind of comfort from this laughable lawsuit that maybe the latest set of demagogues are starting to fray at the edges and maybe headed towards self-destruction?" Olbermann wrapped up the September 2 Countdown...
  • The Front Line (Ithaca leftists return to Iraq, hear most happy Saddam gone, still oppose war)

    08/29/2003 5:54:14 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies · 192+ views
    ©Ithaca Times 2003 ^ | August 27, 2003 | By:Kimberlyn David
    When words aren't enough to describe loss and trauma, images have the power to speak for us. This we witnessed in the moments following the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center. Most Americans sat transfixed and horrified in front of their televisions. Without access to television or the photographs published in newspapers and magazines, the destruction and the chaos of 9/11 would have been virtually impossible to imagine. For Ithaca-area residents George Sapio and Maura Stephens, who have made two humanitarian trips to Iraq this year, the loss of any innocent life resulting from political circumstances is tragic....
  • Coalition soldiers -- dying for what? (Ithaca barf alert)

    08/08/2003 9:16:42 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 13 replies · 239+ views
    Ithaca Journal ^ | Friday, August 8, 2003 | Tim Joseph
    <p>The Bush administration has tried to minimize the importance of the false claims about Iraqi uranium purchases by saying that it was only 16 words in the State of the Union Address.</p> <p>The truth is that it was a crucial part of the case for going to war.</p>
  • Today Show's Lauer Lobs Slow-Pitch Softballs to Gray Davis

    07/30/2003 4:43:22 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies · 1,062+ views
    The Today Show
    When a Democratic politician needs to "get healthy," Katie Couric is normally brought in to groove some pitches down the middle of the plate for him to hit out of the park. In his just-completed interview with embattled California Gov. Gray Davis, the Today Show's Matt Lauer demonstrated that he's no slouch when it comes to serving them up on a platter for liberals looking to raise their batting average. Start with the format of the interview. Matt permitted Davis's wife to sit in. That's a tried-and-true technique to cast an unpopular pol in a softer and more sympathetic light....
  • Couric Suggests President Bush Engaging in "A Pattern of Deception"

    07/15/2003 4:40:59 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies · 593+ views
    The Today Show
    In the course of just-completed interviews on The Today Show, Katie Couric wondered aloud whether, with respect to the justification for the war with Iraq, President Bush engaged in "a pattern of deception." Couric's guests were Senators Ted Kennedy and Republican Richard Shelby. Couric began with Kennedy, and started by lobbing him the softest of softballs: "We've seen a firestorm erupt. What is the most upsetting thing?" When Kennedy wandered too much into suggestions that NATO and other troops share part of the burden in Iraq, Katie yanked him bank to where she wanted to go - an attack on...
  • Not Enough People on Welfare Due to Stigma, Bureaucracy (Ithaca/City of Evil Alert)

    07/07/2003 3:15:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 30 replies · 484+ views
    <p>MAMTA POPAT/Journal Staff Jessica Brown sits with her daughter Tia Bernegozzi, 4, at their home in Enfield. Brown was on public assistance for four years. She believes the food stamp applications should be more user-friendly.</p> <p>Program statistics: As of March of this year, 4,148 Tompkins County residents were receiving $340,109 in food stamp benefits. In 2001, according to The Nutrition Consortium of New York 11,412 -- or 12 percent of local residents -- were potentially eligible for food stamps.</p>
  • Nearly 400 out to support Ithaca's first gay pride march

    06/16/2003 5:05:41 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 31 replies · 420+ views
    Ithaca Journal ^ | Originally published Monday, June 16, 2003 | By JESSICA KELTZ
    <p>ITHACA -- Organizers of what was billed as Ithaca's first gay pride celebration said Saturday's turnout exceeded their expectations.</p> <p>Micaela Salort-Medina, one of about six local people who coordinated Out in the Finger Lakes, said around 350 to 400 people marched in the parade from Washington Park to The Commons.</p>
  • Ithaca couple headed back to Baghdad (Ithaca is the City of Evil alert)

    06/11/2003 5:22:55 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 15 replies · 378+ views
    Ithaca Journal ^ | Originally published Wednesday, June 11, 2003 | By DAN HIGGINS
    <p>ITHACA -- When she returns to Baghdad, Maura Stephens will be looking up friends.</p> <p>They're people she met just weeks before the start of the war in Iraq. Stephens, of Spencer, is afraid for them and their families.</p> <p>"I hope they're alive and I hope to see them," she said.</p>
  • At What Cost? (Ithaca is the City of Evil/Media Bias alert)

    06/04/2003 7:59:44 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies · 193+ views
    Ithaca Times ^ | June 04, 2003 | By:Rachel Neumann
    When I was growing up, there was a popular bumper sticker, seen mostly on the back of old VW vans that said: "What if there was a war and nobody came?" I am reminded of that bumper sticker now, in light of this administration's unprecedented attack on civil liberties. What if our basic rights were taken away and no one noticed? What if our system of checks and balances was destroyed and everyone remained convinced it was happening to someone else? Under current legislation, if you are "suspected" of terrorist activity, you can be picked up and held indefinitely, without...
  • The Times Continues To Unravel

    05/22/2003 12:01:42 PM PDT · by WaterDragon · 52 replies · 273+ views blog ^ | May 22, 2003 | Donald Luskin
    THE TIMES CONTINUES TO UNRAVEL Our friend Caroline Baum found this item, reporting on an internal memo to staff from the Rocky Mountain News' editor/publisher/president John Temple, mandating new rules for the News' own reporters, but also regulating how they can re-use syndicated material from the New York Times. "...references to unnamed info-providers must be approved in advance 'by the managing editor or editor or, in their absence, the senior editor in charge of the newsroom' -- and the supervisor in question 'must also know the name of the source(s).' "More intriguing was Temple's newly declared policy in regard to...
  • Words of Caution: Ithaca Democrats discuss the impact of President Bush's radical tax-cut plan

    05/14/2003 2:48:57 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies · 202+ views
    ©Ithaca Times 2003 ^ | May 14, 2003 | By:M. Tye Wolfe
    Tompkins County Democrats spoke in grave tones about President Bush's attempts to push the third largest tax cut in history through Congress. Speaking at a news conference Friday, local Democrats said the tax cut, expected to total at least $350 billion, is a serious mistake for a nation that faces high unemployment, looming deficits and state budgets in turmoil. Dan Lamb, district representative for U.S. Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D), said 2.5 million jobs have been lost since Bush came to office, the worst record for any president in 50 years. The tax cut will cause greater problems, he said, by...