Bruce Brugmann Says Examiner Doesn't Belong in San Francisco

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Bruce Brugmann's read on the Examiner
This weekend, Bruce Brugmann, the publisher and co-owner of the famously liberal San Francisco Bay Guardian, decided it was time to try to shame some of his competitors, namely the right-wing San Francisco Examiner, out of business.

During the web conference for the Association of Alternative Newspapers, Brugmann raised his hand during a seminar on readers' behavior and foolishly asked the speaker, Leonard Brody, why a newspaper as conservative as the Examiner is allowed to publish and distribute content in San Francisco -- an overwhelmingly liberal city.

His logic -- which he espoused in front of more than 100 media colleagues at the conference -- was that the conservative slant was truly inappropriate for San Francisco readers.

Who asked him anyway?
Brody, who works for the Anschutz Corporation, which owns the Examiner, responded to Brugmann's rhetorical and asinine question, pointing out what we'd all expect a newspaperman to know: freedom of the press.

Brody was discussing the examiner.com citizen journalist site, which is separate from the San Francisco Ex. He told Brugmann that nobody can control what publications print and what readers consume.

In other words, Brugmann can't play God.

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h. brown
h. brown

Well,

I see Michael Egge has finally completely lost his mind.

(He's 'Able Dart')

h.

Able Dart
Able Dart

"Get this, Charlie! Get this, Charlie! It's fire—and it's crashing! It's crashing terrible! Oh, my, get out of the way, please! It's burning and bursting into flames, and the—and it's falling on the mooring-mast and all the folks agree that this is terrible, this is the worst of the worst catastrophes in the world. Ohhhhh! It's–it's–it's the flames, [indecipherable, 'enty' syllable] oh, four- or five-hundred feet into the sky and it ... it's a terrific crash, ladies and gentlemen. It's smoke, and it's flames now ... and the frame is crashing to the ground, not quite to the mooring-mast. Oh, the humanity and all the passengers screaming around here. I told you, I can't even talk to people whose friends are on there. Ah! It's–it's–it's–it's ... o–ohhh! I–I can't talk, ladies and gentlemen. Honest, it's just laying there, a mass of smoking wreckage. Ah! And everybody can hardly breathe and talk, and the screaming. Lady, I–I'm sorry. Honest: I–I can hardly breathe. I–I'm going to step inside, for I cannot see it. Charlie, that's terrible. Ah, ah—I can't. I, listen, folks, I–I'm gonna have to stop for a minute because I've lost my voice. This is the worst thing I've ever witnessed..."

h. brown
h. brown

Agree with Dewar,

Guardian has been stagnant for years. Weekly's daily work is much more vibrant. Bay Citizen has passed both in less than a year of publishing. Overall, as a consumer of a specific type of literary product (SF politics) my only problem is sorting out which I'm going to spend my 8 hours or so a day reading, writing about and exchanging information on. That's a broad range and there's lots of rich content. From 'N Judah Chronicles' to 'Fog City Journal' to my 'Bulldog', the choices are amazing.

Lotta great writers working here now.

I'm in Heaven!

h.

njudah
njudah

In other words, bruce is saying only he can dictate what people can read. That we can't read criticism of the City's bloated bureaucracy and overpaid managers. Wow. Epic FAIL!

When was the last time the Guardian broke a big front page story exposing anything? Instead they do "the pot issue" the "buy something from our advertisers" issue and so on. They haven't broken any real stories in years, just lots of inside baseball for the progressives that even progressives disagree with.

FAIL!

h. brown
h. brown

Sore ass a bit?

Bruce just finished kicking your butts for millions. The Examiner does pretty much the same kind of operation as your parent (Village Voice) just got smoked for doing ... using right wing funds to push a reactionary publication in the country's most Lefty market.

And, writing off the losses as offerings to their Lord Jesus Christ ... who hates gays and hippies just as the Lord God does.

Hey, y'all aren't that bad but you're definitely a subsidized conservative voice installed here to bankrupt Lefty journalism.

Go Giants!

h.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Brugmann will find a way to blame it on PG&E.

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