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McCaw Hit with Anti-SLAPP Motion

AJR's Susan Paterno Uses Anti-SLAPP Motion to Defend Herself Read story.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Anna Davison Let Loose

Anna Davison no longer works for the Santa Barbara News-Press. Read story.

Friday, January 26, 2007

McCaw's Second Letter to Lawyers Alliance

On Tuesday, January 23, News-Press owner Wendy McCaw's attorney Barry Cappellosent a second letter to the Lawyers Alliance for Free Speech, the group of 50 or so well respected attorneys from diverse backgrounds and distinct practices who banded together last fall to help those whose speech has been silenced by McCaw's legal threats. Read story.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Bully Pulpit

Barney's take on the latest round of bullying by News-Press owner Wendy McCaw, why Woody's jazz smokes, and how Empty Bowls are getting filled. Read story.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

McCaw Warpath Leads to Small Business

It appears that News-Press employees, City Hall, The Indy, Vanity Fair, the American Journalism Review, the Teamsters, public access laws, and former boyfriends are no longer the only ones being targeted by Wendy McCaw on her legal brief-lined warpath. Now Santa Barbara's small business owners are under attack: McCaw's hired bulldog/superstar lawyer Barry Cappello is now sending intimidating letters to stores who post anti-Wendy signs in their windows. Read story.

Monday, December 18, 2006

NLRB Rejects N-P, Cappello Sends Letter

You know, we'd be happy to stop writing about the News-Press debacle anytime soon, repurpose this blog to covering all sorts of S.B. media, and just go back to the regular news-gathering/scoop-snagging gig we've been doing for 20 years now. But it seems that the N-P's owner Wendy McCaw just can't stop bringing the spotlight of shame back her way at least once a week. Read story.

Originally published 10:42 a.m., December 11, 2006
Updated 9:45 a.m., February 5, 2007

News-Press Sues The Independent

Just as the weird, sad story about the sinking, ethically scarred News-Press was starting to die down, the newspaper decides to throw gallons of fuel on the fire by suing The Santa Barbara Independent. Who advises these guys? Here's the press release from Thursday evening that started it all. Read story.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Dog Bites Back

In the latest twist in the spiraling saga of Santa Barbara's daily newspaper, Nick Welsh explains why The Independent is being sued by the News-Press, why they got no case, and why Wendy P. McCaw might be better off suing herself. Read story.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Len Wood Quits, Two Others Fired

Veteran News-Press photo chief Len Wood has given notice and two other newsroom staffers have been fired, namely Life editor Andrea Huebner and sports stringer-turned-metro reporter Colby Frazier. As well, longtime health columnist Dr. Michael Seabaugh has also reportedly resigned. Read story.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

News-Press-ers Rally for Solidarity

News-Press newsroom staffers will vote on forming a union September 26-unless new hurdles loom. There are 37 reporters, photographers, editors, and others eligible to vote, union leaders said at a press conference today, September 5, at Storke Placita, adding that they are confident of approval of more than the necessary 50 percent plus one. Read story.

Originally published 5:35 p.m., September 5, 2006
Updated 12:39 p.m., November 25, 2006

Standing Ovation for Jerry Roberts

Former News-Press editor Jerry Roberts and eight others (including this columnist) were given awards by the Society of Professional Journalists over the weekend. Said SPJ president David Carlson, "We pay tribute to the courage and principled sacrifice of these nine journalists, who opted to risk their livelihoods rather than remain in a position where they felt their journalistic ethics and professional credibility were being violated." Read story.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Star Flames Out

Starshine Roshell's column dropped in another News-Press reassignment. Read story.

Friday, August 18, 2006

News-Press Nine Win Ethics Award

Over the objections of Santa Barbara News-Press owner Wendy McCaw, the Society of Professional Journalists gave the Ethics in Journalism Award to nine of the News-Press editors and writers--including editor-in-chief Jerry Roberts and longtime columnist Barney Brantingham--who resigned from the paper in the past month, citing breaches of journalistic ethics by McCaw and her co-publisher and fiance, Arthur von Wiesenberger. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 p.m., August 17, 2006
Updated 1:54 p.m., September 22, 2006

News-Press Cutting Columnists

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Barney Brantingham: New Digs

When the Santa Barbara News-Press threw a party for me on my 45-year anniversary at the paper, I recited "10 Reasons Why I Stayed So Long." One was: "I was waiting for an offer from The Independent." Read story.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Angry Poodle:The Poodle Barks Again

This year's long, hot, crazy summer just got a lot hotter and crazier, and promises only to get hotter still. This Thursday morning, News-Press reporter Scott Hadly, a well-respected and well-liked eight-year veteran of the embattled newsroom, announced his resignation. Read story.

Friday, July 14, 2006

"Wrong Way" Armstrong Sentenced

Travis Armstrong, the contentious voice of the NewsPress editorial pages, was fined $1,600 and sentenced to four days behind bars for driving the wrong way down Santa Barbara Street one Saturday night four weeks ago; at the time, his blood alcohol level was 0.23, which is nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 p.m., June 15, 2006
Updated 2:40 p.m., July 6, 2006
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