Media Bias at the Local Level

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Yesterday, radio talk show host Dave Congalton marked his 27th year hosting his Hometown Radio show on 920 KVEC in San Luis Obispo. One of his guests was Joe Tarica, the San Luis Obispo Tribune’s new editor. You can listen to the interview here. Before taking calls (including mine) for the second half of the show, […]

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The Wrong Way to Restore Media Credibility

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Today, at the behest of the Boston Globe, more than 350 newspapers, large and small, are publishing editorials taking aim at President Donald Trump’s constant complaining about “Fake News” and the biased news media. This is the wrong way to restore media credibility in the people who already mistrust what reporters are telling them. Two papers […]

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Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight

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I’m sure you’ve heard the axiom that you don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. It really doesn’t require much explanation, but for the dimwitted among us, it is basically a warning at attempting a fight with obviously inferior weapons to those of your opponent. In an editorial published last weekend (sorry for the delay, […]

Sexual assault is a serious crime

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Sexual assault is a serious crime, and it should be treated as such. Since 2011, when the Obama administration’s Education Department released its infamous “Dear Colleague” letter, many colleges and universities have taken it upon themselves to create a legal system that bears more in common with star chambers than with the legal regime under the […]

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Newspaper ethics

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This past weekend, in the wake of a $1.1 million libel judgment against CalCoastNews.com, the San Luis Obispo Tribune published a piece from its editor, Sandra Duerr, touting the paper’s code of ethics. As newspaper ethics statements go, it’s a pretty good one. However, Ms. Duerr appears to have a training problem on her staff. ▪  If […]