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Media News files for bankruptcy protection to undergo financial restructuring

Original post made on Jan 17, 2010

The publisher of the Contra Costa Times, Tri-Valley Herald, San Jose Mercury News and 51 other daily newspapers in the Bay Area and other parts of the country, is filing for bankruptcy protection.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, January 17, 2010, 8:29 PM

Comments (14)

Posted by Ruth, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

All those newspapers are wings of the democrat party. If they would conduct more investigative reporting of government programs, government expenditures, etc. they would have more readership. They've dug their own graves. (Seems like the Editor of the PW should be taking notes, too! But no...we continue to get glowing articles of democrat incumbents McNerney, Boxer, etc., with absolutely no probing, no questioning, no debate for sake of devil's advocating.)


Posted by Fish Rappers, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2010 at 8:41 am

The Media News CEO says there is going to be a great consolidation of their newspapers. This would be a really good time for them to review their content with a critical eye. While the internet is one reason they are failing, the other big reason is because they are bastions of left-wing loonism. The news coverage by their Bay Area papers is infused with left-wing bias and their editorials are so one-sided they are comical and at the same time outrageous. They do very little investigative reporting. The Contra Costa Times and Valley Times have become jokes. The "news" has been relegated to a middle section, while the front section of the paper has become mostly an advertising rag with a collection of left-wing biased "human interest" stories. My, how far they have fallen since they were owned by Dean Lesher. But, you knew it would happen once they were bought by Knight Ridder. Cancel your subscription to these rags and subscribe to The Wall Street Journal.

Note to the Pleasanton Weekly - You better give up your left-wing bias as well, and start getting some real content, or you will suffer the same fate.


Posted by Rick, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2010 at 9:21 am

Agreed the Pleasanton Weekly is left wing too.


Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Jan 18, 2010 at 9:50 am

dublinmike is a registered user.

What does Al Davis and William Dean Singleton have in common? They don't know when it's time to go and it's everyone else is at fault.

I followed the many times the CC Times was purchased. Each time a major corporation took on significant debt to acquired this paper (or secured debt later). But, Singleton's cluster purchases were doomed from the beginning. No rocket science here. His ego got in the way.

Regarding Singleton's political persuasion, he's an equal opportunist. It's all about the interests of his empire that likely motivate his contributions. He has given money to both Democrats and Republicans. President Bush, President Regan, Gov. Mitt Romney come to mind, but he also gave to Bill Richardson.


Posted by Bill, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

We also stop subscribing to the Times because of its left-biased content. They offered to lower the price. I told them it wasn't the price, but the one-sided and unbalanced reporting that we didn't like. They didn't get it then and they still don't get it now.


Posted by ToBill, a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on Jan 18, 2010 at 11:07 am

You are right. They will give money to any party they think will change laws behind closed doors including a pass on their unions taxes while the rest of us pay for a health bill filled with pork.

The media is biased. It is a fact.


Posted by Lets Get Real, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 18, 2010 at 11:18 am

Please - let's be rasonable about the allegations of a liberal media bias.

There is an entire News Agency devoted to bashing anyone who does not hare their point of view (Fox News, apolular radio host who will say anyting to keep himself in the news (Rugh Limbaugh) and you acuse the newspapers of being liberal because you do not agree with them?

Here is a quote that is just for you.

"Don't let the facts get in the way of your arguments"!


Posted by Amber, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 18, 2010 at 11:46 am

I agree with the above majority in that these papers are biased and unbalanced. They lean toward the left wing always. They are now getting the results of what they reaped for years.


Posted by Steve, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Besides being left leaning, they are no longer 'local' papers. I delivered the T.V. Herald as a kid back in the 70's and loved reading all the local high school sports and dreamed one day my name would be in there too. Well I succeeded at getting my name and picture in there a few times, but now you open the paper after a Friday night of high school football or basketball and guess what? No local coverage, just news on teams from the peninsula or teams in Stockton. The local section is filled with news from San Leandro, Hayward or Oakland. Apparently our little corner of the world does not garner any left sided news worthy for us to read.


Posted by Fully Informed, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Most above are wrong and really shouldn't comment since most of them do not currently take the papers...I recognize the thinking..they didn't like an editorial 4 or 5 years ago, cancelled, and haven't SEEN a paper in some time. I am a Republican and know those kind...who disgust me with that thinking. I take daily CCTimes & Herald, and week-end Chron, and I watch many cable stations like C-Span and listen to mainstream radio. I LIKE being INFORMED with ALL thinking,including opposition research. Only dummies live in a vacuum.
The finest public service ANY reporter, newspaper, or media host has performed in recent decades is Dan Borenstein's ongoing reports...for the last 2 years, on the CA PUBLIC UNION crisis !! A truly fine, professional, investigative, and informative public service. Of course those that have not seen those in-depth articles wouldn't know about them, or have the ability to know the numbers to launch an informed, much needed fight againt CA public unions with facts.
I do think only the Chron or NewYork Times, are as blatently, liberal left as the PW...which thus clouds their perspective, biased headlines, and selection of coverage...when they venture into partisan politics. Discussing charities, traffic & city services is neighborly, but VERY different than campaigning and crusading for partisan political candidates and issues,pretending to still be just simple neighborly comments. Professional ethics should prevent such manipulation....--- I certainly wish our Valley Times well. They have provided a first class paper for decades. Even tho mostly the same, TV Herald is not quite as complete. Our Republic depends on open, varied press, Otherwise, we'll just have Pravada.


Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Jan 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Well, it comes down to the good-old American capitalistic system, vote with you pocket book. DON'T subscribe. Read Fox and the Wall Street News. But, for you balanced people, please read other viewpoints as I do.

My liberal friends think I am conservative because I listen to George Will or Pat Buchanan. My conservative friends and conservative brother(loves Palin) think I'm liberal because I watch Olbermann or Rachel Maddow.

Olbermann, Maddow, daily Kos, Huffington make CC Times and Herald BLATANTLY BORING. Bottom line, read beyond your limited imagination. You might find, just maybe, that the "liberal" CC Times and Herald are really center-oriented... and ad-revenue oriented. American capitalism! Geez.

Reality check. :) Ruth, et al, will not be reading what I just posted... duh. They are unable. Oh, well. Bless the United States and our freedom.


Posted by rs, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm

They our to Liberal or Progessive for most people. They have made their own bed that has led to this.
We need media who report the news not make it.


Posted by Gunslinger, a resident of Danville
on Jan 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Ruth, you are dead on. Let's Get Real, you're right, papers like this are as biased as Fox. The difference is fox admits they're conservative and they serve conservatives (they're actually warmonging neocons, which is not the same as conservatives, whom no one but Lou Dobbs truly represented). So why doesn't the CCT and all these local papers admit they're left wing radicals who have a contempt for the conservatives of the very area they attempt to serve? Because they're dishonest manufacturers of propaganda. And it's extremely dangerous propaganda, to the point where they libelously claim things that aren't true, even to the point of demonizing murdered children for the sake of their goals. Look up Rylan Fuchs


Posted by CCapDGIT, a resident of Lemoine Ranch
on Jan 20, 2010 at 11:36 pm

News Paper advertising is over. Companies like DG FastChannel(DGIT) distribute digital media, no need for news paper advertising anymore...............


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