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B.C., by Johnny Hart

Let’s try this again; there was some bad mojo on the previous posting. To that end, I have reproduced the previous entry along with the original comments. Feel free to expand on all of this:

Is there a rally? What are yellow cards? Go to it readers, talk amongst yourselves.

(Original comments):

Wake up Indy! Check the post on your own blog from last night at 10:11 p.m. from savethen…

—Please don’t get lazy…

notice going around now

RALLY and FUNDRAISER TO SAVE THE SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS > > Note to local media: If you could announce this event ahead of time to your > readers, viewers and listeners, it would be greatly appreciated. We want to get > as many people there as possible. > > The Rally: > 3-4 p.m. Sunday, September 24 > De la Guerra Plaza > Prominent speakers will be invited. More details to come. > —First District Streetfighter

The Fundraiser: > 4-6 p.m. at Ruby’s Café > De la Guerra Plaza > Hors d’oeuvres and music > Suggested Donation: $20.00 > Proceeds will be donated to the Journalist Loan Fund to help current and former > News-Press employees who have been forced out, fired or suspended without pay. > > Please join the organized newsroom of the Santa Barbara News-Press in a show of support for journalistic integrity and a fair employment contract. In recent weeks, 23 top journalists have left the newsroom because Wendy McCaw, the owner and co-publisher, was interfering in the news. An atmosphere of intimidation and surveillance has replaced the openness that a free press requires. > > This month, 11 newsroom employees received notice that they would be suspended for two days without pay for the “offense” of attempting to deliver a letter to McCaw. The letter asked her to stop > harrassing employees who were seeking union representation. > > The No. 1 priority of these employees, some of whom have worked at the paper for decades, is to restore ethical standards at the News- Press. They expect to win their union election by a large margin on Sept. 27. Until their demands for a fair contract have been met, they are asking subscribers to CANCEL THE NEWS-PRESS TODAY. > > The Sept. 24 rally is organized by newsroom employees and the Graphic Communications Union of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Please help us send a message to McCaw that SANTA BARBARA DEMANDS A FREE PRESS. > > Melinda Burns — 805/403-3356 > Dawn Hobbs — 805/284-5351

RALLY AND FUNDRAISER TO SAVE THE SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS

3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at De La Guerra Plaza

Prominent speakers will be invited. More details to come.

The Fundraiser: 4 to 6 p.m. at Ruby’s Cafe De la Guerra Plaza food and music suggested donation: $20

Proceeds will be donated to the Journalist Loan Fund to help current and former News-Press employees who have been forced out, fired or suspended without pay.

Please join the organized newsroom of the Santa Barbara News-Press in a show of support for journalistic integrity and a fair employment contract. In recent weeks, 22 top journalists have left the newsroom because Wendy McCaw, the owner and co-publisher, was interfering in the news. An atmosphere of intimidation and surveillance has replaced the openness that a free press requires.

This month, 11 newsroom employees received notice that they would be suspended for two days without pay for the *offense* of attempting to deliver a letter to McCaw. The letter asked her to stop harrassing employees who were seeking union representation.

The No. 1 priority of these employees, some of whom have worked at the paper for decades, is to restore ethical standards at the News- Press. They expect to win their union election by a large margin on Sept. 27. Until their demands for a fair contract have been met, they are asking subscribers to CANCEL THE NEWS-PRESS TODAY.

The Sept. 24 rally is organized by newsroom employees and the Graphic Communications Union of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Please help us send a message to McCaw that SANTA BARBARA DEMANDS A FREE PRESS.

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Local organizer

Sigmund Freud would have loved the desperate cry for help from News-Press director of operations & CFO Randy Alcorn in Sunday’s paper. The armchair shrink’s views are in (parenthesis): Headline: “Looney Leaders Can be Devastating” (Well, he would know.) “…Because they are compelled to maintain their delusion of flawless judgment, they cannot tolerate dissenting opinions or criticism. Loyalty is the prime directive, and loyalty must be unquestioning. Suspicious of those who do not display conspicuous conformity or who express any opposition to their policies and decisions, they begin spying on all those around them. Eventually, they become paranoid and retreat into an ever-smaller circle of trusted confidants. Any leader can, and usually does, have personal failures. Good leaders recognize their failures and learn from them. Only bad leaders cannot. Only the neurotically insecure or pathologically delusional cannot admit to error. Mr. Bush (Wendy) would likely have gained greater support had (s)he been willing to admit that Iraq (the purge) was a mistake and sought to correct it — maybe even asked for help. Instead, (s)he pursues discredited rationales for continuing a grossly failed course of action. What makes leaders great is not that they can withstand widespread criticism and remain resolute in their decisions; rather, it is wise decisions based on a clear view of reality that make a great leader — not delusional bunker mentality. A good leader knows that sometimes the sails must be adjusted to avoid running the ship onto the rocks. Unfortunately, we may be sailing with Captain Ahab.”

—Read between the lines

KCSB radio story on the Teamsters announcement from 05 Sep. This story was live at 5 pm from an event that ended 3 hours earlier. http://www.kcsb.org/?p=130

News Director Cathy Murillo covers the News-Press employees’ press conference on September 5th, 2006. Speakers include: Lou Cannon, Sander Vanocur, Harriett Phillips, Rev. Teena Grant, Rev.Mark Collier, Ira Gottlieb, Marty Keegan, Jonny Wallis.

—David Pritchett

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