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Publisher's Note: On the impact of journalism in our community

Original post made on Jan 4, 2019

There's no news flash here: Traditional news organizations are struggling financially and the first place many go to cut costs is the newsroom. This, in turn, is becoming costly to the public as this deficit leaves public agencies and local governments under-examined.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 3, 2019, 10:28 PM

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Posted by David Ernest
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 4, 2019 at 7:18 am

David Ernest is a registered user.

Gina - A compelling story about the need to support local journalism. But - how do I sign up to pay my yearly fee of $5.00?

David Ernest

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Posted by Danville
a resident of Danville
on Jan 4, 2019 at 8:42 am

This is Danville, where highly educated, bright, successful,conservative(for the Bay Area)residents with critical thinking analysis skills reside. Thus, when you cover a debate between two local candidates for public office, Catherine Baker(Rep) vs. Rebecca Bauer-Kahan(Dem), and a reader points out on your forum that Bauer-Kahan has actually lied on the ballot and in her campaign ads and bio about being an actual "Professor" at Santa Clara Law School, and ask you to follow up with her campaign and report on this, a truly independent and professional journalist would do so. Your publication just ignored this, with zero follow up, and zero reporting.

Anyone associated with a University knows the difference between being an actual "Professor", an honor bestowed by a University after years of teaching and publishing,or being a "Lecturer" or "Adjunct Professor" which applies to those who simply teach a part time class or seminar, like Intro to Legal Research & Writing. Bauer-Kahan has NEVER been a "Professor" at Santa Clara Law School. She lied on the actual ballot, and in her campaign ads, in order to obtain votes, and this was brought to your attention on your Town Square forum, with a request for you to do some actual journalism and follow up and report on this material lie. You never did. You ignored it.

It has widely been reported that a recent national poll found that over 93% of people in the media are registered as Democrats. It makes you wonder if it was the Republican in the local race who lied about her background, if you would have followed up and reported on this?

Journalist use to be widely respected, and truly independent people, only interested in the truth. Not anymore. Even at the local level, we see the bias, and liberal agenda being supported by the so called journalist.

Very sad.

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Posted by Gina Channell, Publisher
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 4, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Gina Channell, Publisher is a registered user.

@David, Thank you for asking! We included the link -- Web Link -- in the story as well as here.

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Posted by Malcolm Hex
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 7, 2019 at 11:35 pm

Now that California has a super majority of Democrats in both houses of the Legislature, good luck finding a “publication” worth reading in terms of critical content regarding state government - including this one.

Hell, former Excutive Editor, Jill Abramson - a liberal, at The NY Times just called out the rag for extreme bias towards the president.

Sadly, Journalism ain’t what is use to be. The so-called “journalists” have no one to blame but themselves. People are turned off.

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Posted by Long Term Resident
a resident of Danville
on Jan 10, 2019 at 6:55 am

I agree with the previous comments. I am glad to see readers recognize today's "journalism" for what it is and vote with their feet. Most of the news outlets are more interested in selling news and their view than reporting the news factually.

I have had the good fortune of living in Europe and Asia. The news in those regions is much more global, factual, and interesting than that in this country where most all news sources are an arm of the DNC. The news outlets have made their bed and are now fightung for survival. Let's hope for significant disruptive technology as in other industries to move to a better system. RIP SF Comical, Washington Compost, New York Slime, etc.!!

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Posted by Alias
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jan 10, 2019 at 9:37 am

"Danville" = "American," the guy who repeatedly made the same silly argument that his alter ego now complains about.

You lost. Go home.

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Posted by WillyD
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 10, 2019 at 9:54 am

So what seems to be lost in the stream of discussion - the Pleasanton Weekly endorsed the Incumbent Catharine Baker (R) for Assembly. So much for the biased media and lack of journalistic integrity!

In addition, the editorial staff conducted candidate forums in four of the Tri-Valley cities and an Assembly Candidate forum. So, how many of those community forums did the participants in this discussion attend? First criteria to complain - participate and show up!

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of another community
on Jan 10, 2019 at 8:15 pm


it is apparent you are lost in the stream of discussion!

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