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PW Censors Posts That Challenge Their Political Agenda

Original post made by Robbie on Oct 18, 2011


Has the PW lost all sense of journalistic integrity. You pulled my posts yesterday that suggested the PW had an agenda becuase it was labeling a chamber of commerce luncheon as an event where Supervisor Miley was "meeting with his constituents" and it ought to be free.

People, you should be aware that the PW is now heavily censoring posts that don't agree with their political agenda. A number of people have complainted about that on this site, but it is now becoming really blatant.

Comments (18)

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 18, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Robbie, I only saw one post under "Robbie" on the topic you mention and it is the same as what you have written above. I've seen posts deleted on other topics with the poster's name intact and a reason noted for the removal of just the comment. Were your posts totally deleted or am I looking in the wrong place?

I have seen some comments from all over the political spectrum and some that are rather impolite, but I haven't seen the PW take them down because they might disagree with the poster.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Okay, I found the same topic further down--same title even--and your posts are there: Web Link

Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park
on Oct 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

As frequently happens, there were actually (3) separate threads started on this article under the title "New supervisor to meet constituents -- for a fee".

The other two threads are:
Web Link
Web Link

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Oct 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm

are you a crybaby or what...I've had so many post completely removed I've lost count...get a life...duh

Posted by Mr Amnesia, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Yeah, I'd contribute something, but I forgot what name I used earlier, so why bother when it will only get taken down?

Posted by Paul, a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

The PW is a business like any other, including those of a journalistic nature. As a business it is free to venture whatever opinions it wishes. It is also free to emphasize or stifle opinions that are not in keeping with the vision it sees for its business.

Last time I checked, nobody is forcing me to read the PW, nor am I paying anything for the privilege. If I don't like or don't agree with what I'm reading, I can opt to stop. Anytime.

Simple as that.

Posted by Tyler, a resident of Sycamore Place
on Oct 18, 2011 at 10:35 pm

[Comment removed because Tyler says too many things that upset the right-wing censorship crowd which calls PW editors incessantly to complain about lefties encircling them with superior arguments]

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 19, 2011 at 8:44 am

Tyler, Seems you disproved your own post as, ten hours later, it's still there.

Posted by Tyler, a resident of Sycamore Place
on Oct 19, 2011 at 9:30 am

Imagine that? And this, too, after you've phoned in your multiple complaints. (See posts taken down on numerous threads.)

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

Tyler, My concern is with the one person who posts on any one thread under multiple names. Pick a name, stick with it; don't care what it is. I don't know who Mike or Steve or Cholo or Jim are, but readers can follow what they have to say on various topics--and choose to agree or disagree. Trying to appear as multiple people who agree with each other is, at a minimum, dishonest.

Posted by jimf01, a resident of another community
on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:14 am

[Comment removed because it mocked the people who mock the people who try to have a serious political discussion only to be constantly disrupted by [COMMENT REMOVED}}

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:44 am

i'm not the least bit concerned that some posts are removed...the good news is that you can's not like somebody is on their way over to remove you...maybe it's time to reflect on what Free Speech is all about...

Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I still think it is very fishy that after people post negative things related to this article that the posts are put on another page while the original article then has no posts on it. I've posted on numerous articles in the past when nothing negative was directed at the PW and this didn't happen.

I also think it is strange that this article is no longer on the front page of the web site even though articles older then it remain. Isn't it suppose to be chronological order?


Sure the PW can legally do whatever they want, but there is a code of ethics the industry goes by. I have my doubts the PW is abiding by journalistic standards.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

It is the website software that is causing the confusion.

Take for example this link with story id 8677:
Web Link
It is from last Friday's print edition available here: Web Link

But the same story is was first published here on their front page with story id 7902: Web Link

You can see the articles are classified differently. The print edition has "News - Friday, October 14, 2011" at the top while the front page version has a big red bar with "Pleasanton Weekly News". Someone can make a comment on the print edition version that has no comments and it'll show up in the Town Square with the same title as the front page version that has comments. Then it looks like the PW removed comments when in fact there's two different pages that just happen to have the same text.

To add even more confusion, the Editor sometimes publishes a link to an article on the Town Square Forum in order to solicit comments on a story (like this one Web Link) and suddenly there are three different pages with the same article.

I'm guessing that the website software doesn't allow a single story id to be on the front page, the print edition, _and_ the Town Square Forum.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

On Web Link and Web Link you can see these were two different articles posted at different times on the front page:
Uploaded: Sunday, October 16, 2011, 7:34 AM
Uploaded: Monday, October 17, 2011, 7:21 AM

It looks like the editor posted duplicate stories.

The third one was from the print edition.

Posted by Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Oct 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Gina Channell-Allen is a registered user.

Stacey is correct. It is the software. We are planning to launch a new version soon and we are trying to correct the multiple-thread issue, as well as every thread started from a story coming up as posted by "editor."

I've been the one removing a lot of the comments of late, not Jeb. Particularly annoying is the person who posts under multiple names, agreeing with the first "personality," to try to lend credibility to his (or her) own argument. I've also been removing blatant advertising, rants, bullying, and comments that don't further the conversation.

It's interesting that you say we removed posts that don't fit our political agenda. If you review some of the harsh posts directed at our staff, you'll notice we've been accused of discriminating against the left and discriminating against the right.

Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Thanks for the response PW.

The one thing that I don't think was answered is why this article related to the Chamber's lunch is no longer on the front page right column under "News & Views". For the most part, articles seem to be placed on the front page based on chronological order (although a few are a couple minutes off).

Why was this article, which appeared to be posted on our around Sunday removed while others which date to last week still remain?

Web Link

Posted by Gina Channell-Allen, president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Oct 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Gina Channell-Allen is a registered user.

Good question. We base the listings online the same way we judge placement of stories in the paper - impact(how many people are affected), timeliness, prominence of the people involved, proximity, uniqueness and conflict.

To keep the site lively, we try to change out stories and photos several times during the day, which is why it might seem that we post based on when the story is produced. And, to be honest, sometimes lesser important - but still newsworthy - stories go online. I'm sure you've heard of the "slow news day." (However, unlike some of our media brethren, the PW will not waste your time or our valuable space on, for example, Britney Spears - unless she comes to town for a concert, or gets arrested by the PPD.)

Another factor is that we try to keep the number of stories to a reasonable amount under the News & Views side of the page (because visitors have to scroll forever to get to the movies and recent editions when there are too many stories in the list.). Based on space and the stories, we sometimes have to take them off the front page. But they aren't gone from the site.

The number of stories accessible from the homepage is another issue that will be addressed in the aforementioned website redesign. There will be more modules with tabs, not just one long list, so more stories will be visible.

Thank you for the question.

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