News-Press Cutting Columnists

Promises of more local coverage result in the release of five community columnists.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006
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"To further emphasize her commitment to provide more local news in her rapidly shrinking bird-cage liner, Wendy (McCaw) has canned her five community columnists," reports Bill Macfadyen, an editor who departed the News-Press a few years ago but keeps close tabs on the current meltdown. They are Bill Etling of the Santa Ynez Valley and father of NP reporter Leah Etling, Stephen Murdoch of Montecito, Amy Orozco of Carpinteria, Rochelle Rose of Goleta and Helen Ann Thomas of Santa Maria, Bill says. All, coincidentally, were hired by former editor Jerry Roberts, who tops Wendy's hate list. Contrary to her bogus assertions that Jerry somehow resisted local news, the community columnists he hired wrote over 1,000 local articles, according to Macfadyen.

The once-steamy love affair between the NP and KEYT is also on the rocks. At one time Wendy and the late Channel 3 owner Bob Smith were pals. But since the NP editorial page "accused KEYT of conspiring with the rest of her 200 million enemies to rain on her parade," Bill points out, dark clouds have formed. The Sky Tracker forecast has disappeared from the NP weather page and will reappear on the upstart, heads-up, Santa Barbara Daily Sound free daily.

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