In their April 13 issue, the New Times published a comprehensive cover story on CCN and asked readers if their work is “fit to print.” We know the answer, and we should all move past that question. Journalists don’t work with their children to publish anonymous, defamatory propaganda and infiltrate a political organization under false and deceptive pretenses.
“Hometown Radio” can’t live up to its name when hometown values are presented for half of the show and the other half is a blistering, one-sided rebuke of community members.
CCN’s credibility in the community has sharply declined and it’s irreversible. Despite a unanimous jury verdict, they’re still in denial. Their reaction to the verdict demonstrates a clear lack of journalistic gravitas. Everyone but them and their core supporters see that. CCN insists they will stay in operation as if to say they’re defying the nefarious forces yearning for their demise, but that bravado is unjustified. For as long as they’re in operation, CCN will serve as a reminder of what investigative journalism isn’t. Fine with me.
The Tenborg v. CalCoastNews trial offers a shocking inside look into a local tabloid’s journalism methods. The plaintiff’s counsel was able to create a revealing juxtaposition between a site that brags about being “non-partisan and adhere to the strictest journalism ethics and standards,” yet they recklessly abandon those standards in their delusional pursuit of scandal.
For a seasoned bureaucrat that he is, Michael Brown has a peculiarly dark and incomprensive view of democracy. Now imagine this view encompassing public policy. Worried yet, actvists [sic]?
As their defamation trial is rapidly approaching, CalCoastNews will likely continue to ride the wave of outrage among journalists concerned that their First Amendment rights are being oppressed or otherwise undermined by government officials. At first glance, it appears CalCoastNews is a victim of “fake news” shaming by the bureaucratic elite, but court records show otherwise. They are a sophomoric far cry from mainstream media outlets like the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and CNN.
Those on the far-right of the political spectrum are only interested in opinions expressed from within their echo chamber. The Tribune is catering to that myopic impulse. Likewise, some on the left are virulently opposed to opinions different than their own, and prefer to coexist in the echo chamber “safe space.” The solution to this problem is to maintain an open mind, respect the debate and work together. Easier said than done, right? It doesn’t hurt to try.
Any attempt to bridge the divide should be applauded, but there’s a lingering sense of hopelessness. When the president makes remarks like that, it only motivates his supporters to exercise fascist ignorance.
We can talk about the merits of having a national marine sanctuary, but it would be disingenuous to discount the special interests involved in the debate, especially when said special interests have contributed to the conservative board majority; especially when it’s big oil interests.
The post-Trump inauguration Women’s March doesn’t have a bottom line: It is the top line of a new era in the United States, a new incarnation of old, old values about equality and respect that real Americans share.