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Original post made on Feb 21, 2009

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who spoke recently at a press club event, is quoted by KCBS' Larry Chiaroni as saying, "It saddens me when I hear that the newspapers have to lay off writers because I think we need the writers... The more coverage all these different subjects get, the better it is for the people of California."

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 21, 2009 at 10:42 am

You've really hit the nail on the head. Larger newspapers for years have been slowly giving up their role as sources of reliable information on government activity as they attempt to compete with an ever-increasing infotainment culture. The reason local newspapers such as the PW are gaining ground is precisely due to this. Citizens still have a need for such information. Even more, citizens need to start arming themselves against spin by learning to recognize it and learning how to verify claims. Every time I see Obama on the TV speaking there's always a sign broadcasting visually the core message we're supposed to take away from the speech. Bush did it too. "Mission Accomplished"


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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Oak Hill
on Feb 22, 2009 at 1:05 am

In my opinion, one of the reason the print news is suffering is simply that some/most people, for one reason or the other, had rather have the news "told/read to them" by their favorite TV reporters than take the time to read a newspaper...

Another reason is, again in my opinion, the "big" print news has become slanted politically in many cases. We may have red and blue states but I feel a majority of people are middle of the road on most issues and easily tire of reading the same old slant day after day. Not many "feel good human nature" stories anymore but I suppose they don't sell like "sensationalism" and "blood and guts". I suppose this could also be said of TV News but you can always change the channel at will, whereas, if you only subscribe to one newspaper you're stuck...

I personally enjoy sitting and reading our local paper. I may not always agree with the content but a cup of coffee, a sunny deck on a summer morning and don't disturb me...

I agree with Stacey - read the sign, go on about your day. You've understood the message. "Crisis" seem to be popular at this time...

My concern is what else may be going on while the sign holds our attention...


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Feb 22, 2009 at 10:18 am

"I agree with Stacey - read the sign, go on about your day. You've understood the message."

I appear to have not made my point well. The point was that citizens need to learn to recognize spin, or when they're being manipulated. The signs are a prime example of spin.


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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Mohr Park
on Feb 23, 2009 at 8:17 am

Sandy is a registered user.

I was shocked, during the budget negotiations in Sacramento, how thin the coverage was in newspapers. Even during the last week, when legislators were locked into their chambers, there were very few articles and none of them went into much depth. How can one reporter at the Sacramento Bee, one from the SF Chronicle, and one from the LA Times really provide the level of depth that citizens deserve?

Even KQED only had one or two in-depth stories, through the California Report, that week. I don't watch tv news, because it's much too superficial.

I agree that much of what we read today is opinion and commentary, rather than objective reporting. We do need to recognize spin and understand the motives that may be affecting individual politicians. It's very hard to do that if we can't read different accounts of the same events, written from different perspectives.


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Posted by Huh
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 23, 2009 at 11:53 am

I think that when Obama or any politician speaks there should be an interpreter/translator down in the corner like is sometimes used for the deaf. They could interpret politico-speak. Like when they say "Investment in education" they mean "higher taxes and more spending on government bureaucracy and the teachers union"
Unfortunately newspapers and TV could also use an interpretor that translates opinions into facts.