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Dave Charbonneau
Dave Charbonneau

As the country is seemingly being divided further under the guise of individuals' political standings, a closer look reveals that it is an ancient battle that even Socrates fought: Elitism vs. Democracy (or, the few vs. the many). Caldwell's statements are certainly apropos in the view of any standing on a particular side of the line. (It didn't work out so well for Socrates).

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

Janet, you and I agree on very little, but on that we agree. You see the change in VOSD over the past year, they are becoming spokespeople for the power brokers instead of actual investigative journalists. I suppose the pay's better.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

Janet, you and I agree on very little, but on that we agree. You see the change in VOSD over the past year, they are becoming spokespeople for the power brokers instead of actual investigative journalists. I suppose the pay's better.

Janet Shelton
Janet Shelton subscriber

Thought this thread has gone dead, I just saw this quote from an interview with Julian Assange and thought it was pertinent. "Media organizations start off small. But when they grow, they are invited to sit down with the powerful. Then they become part of the same powerful elite that they are supposed to be critically monitoring,"

myearth
myearth

Thought this thread has gone dead, I just saw this quote from an interview with Julian Assange and thought it was pertinent. "Media organizations start off small. But when they grow, they are invited to sit down with the powerful. Then they become part of the same powerful elite that they are supposed to be critically monitoring,"

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

I have to disagree with that assessment. There isn't a dimes worth of difference between the worst of the UT and Sara, except which side of the fence they stand on, and their audience size.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

I have to disagree with that assessment. There isn't a dimes worth of difference between the worst of the UT and Sara, except which side of the fence they stand on, and their audience size.

Andy Kopp
Andy Kopp subscribermember

As to VOSD's potential to rival the UT - in both content and professionalism, they've already surpassed them as far as I'm concerned. The UT lost its claim to professionalism absolutely no later than when they published "Obama in 2016: A Choice for America!" And not for one second do I feel their other news desks have not been affected by their editorial biases. It's only a matter time, as this medium for journalism continues to grow, before VOSD runs them down in audience reach as well.

Andy Kopp
Andy Kopp

As to VOSD's potential to rival the UT - in both content and professionalism, they've already surpassed them as far as I'm concerned. The UT lost its claim to professionalism absolutely no later than when they published "Obama in 2016: A Choice for America!" And not for one second do I feel their other news desks have not been affected by their editorial biases. It's only a matter time, as this medium for journalism continues to grow, before VOSD runs them down in audience reach as well.

marty graham
marty graham subscriber

Freelancing can be tough and there are some alarming posers out here who make it tougher. I can see where PIOs have to prioritize. I'm just glad I made the cut.

marty graham
marty graham

Freelancing can be tough and there are some alarming posers out here who make it tougher. I can see where PIOs have to prioritize. I'm just glad I made the cut.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

Real journalism is more alive in blogs than in mainstream, which is why the cops and others in authority prefer mainstream, where they have more control over what gets reported.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

Real journalism is more alive in blogs than in mainstream, which is why the cops and others in authority prefer mainstream, where they have more control over what gets reported.

Janet Shelton
Janet Shelton subscriber

As a former journalist, I don't find it the least bit surprising that those in power choose who they share information with based on reputation, who they work for and how nice they are to holder of information. And this system does lead to the public hearing what those in power wish it to hear. Yes, investigative journalism reveals some information, but really relatively little. Most of what is published has been put through many filters before arriving as an article. What is surprising is that a PR person is so sure of her power over the press that she essentially says, "If you don't kiss my b*** and work for a major outlet, don't even bother to call or write." They usually don't bother to say that, but no matter, most journalist already know and color within the lines.

myearth
myearth

As a former journalist, I don't find it the least bit surprising that those in power choose who they share information with based on reputation, who they work for and how nice they are to holder of information. And this system does lead to the public hearing what those in power wish it to hear. Yes, investigative journalism reveals some information, but really relatively little. Most of what is published has been put through many filters before arriving as an article. What is surprising is that a PR person is so sure of her power over the press that she essentially says, "If you don't kiss my b*** and work for a major outlet, don't even bother to call or write." They usually don't bother to say that, but no matter, most journalist already know and color within the lines.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

Sorry Eric, but you're simply unqualified to report on police abuse of power. Leave that to the real reporters who will make snarky complaints, but will toe the blue line when push comes to shove.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

Sorry Eric, but you're simply unqualified to report on police abuse of power. Leave that to the real reporters who will make snarky complaints, but will toe the blue line when push comes to shove.

Chris Brewster
Chris Brewster subscribermember

ng the same level of attention as the media she was primarily employed to address.

B Chris Brewster
B Chris Brewster

ng the same level of attention as the media she was primarily employed to address.

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57c0c354-7f99-11e2-8d5f-c7019b53f483

Chris, always giving priority to the most "prestigious" publications with larger overall audiences isn't always the wise choice from a communications standpoint. If I need to reach the Sheriff's Department's constituents in San Diego County, they are far more likely to watch local TV news or read the U-T San Diego, Voice of San Diego than the New York Times, or even the Los Angeles Times. I also consider my longstanding relationships with local media to be more important than the Big Outta Town Guys. That includes when fitting the Reader or a blog such as San Diego Rostra. Yes, at times one might have to prioritize who to get back to first - but everyone who calls, from citizen to Big Time Journalist deserves to have their call or email returned.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

It's important to note that this isn't one sided. The media is just as responsible for putting themselves into the position of PR hacks for local government as the local government is.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

It's important to note that this isn't one sided. The media is just as responsible for putting themselves into the position of PR hacks for local government as the local government is.

David Hall
David Hall subscriber

The bit about fuzzy slippers was indeed ridiculous. And if the model that VoSD has chosen to use to run their business is one big happy blog, that's ok. Just don't expect to be taken seriously when you try to "educate" the rest of us with the wisdom of people who think that promoting themselves on Twitter generates instant credibility.

sdguy
sdguy

The bit about fuzzy slippers was indeed ridiculous. And if the model that VoSD has chosen to use to run their business is one big happy blog, that's ok. Just don't expect to be taken seriously when you try to "educate" the rest of us with the wisdom of people who think that promoting themselves on Twitter generates instant credibility.

Bob Hudson
Bob Hudson subscriber

Had had Ms Caldwell been around to inform me I was unqualified I would have turned down all of those jobs.

Bob Hudson
Bob Hudson

Had had Ms Caldwell been around to inform me I was unqualified I would have turned down all of those jobs.

Jennifer Reiswig
Jennifer Reiswig subscribermember

It just occurred to me - I also work in public services. From now on I'm only going to help people who are nice to me. Sweet!

bmljenny
bmljenny

It just occurred to me - I also work in public services. From now on I'm only going to help people who are nice to me. Sweet!

Bill Paul
Bill Paul subscriber

This is really nothing new. Law enforcement has very obviously bullied and controlled the media in San Diego for a very long time now.

SirVivor
SirVivor

This is really nothing new. Law enforcement has very obviously bullied and controlled the media in San Diego for a very long time now.

Bonnie Russell
Bonnie Russell subscriber

I want to thank Ms. Caldwell for revealing her ignorance about the law. Who knew it would be so easy?

Bonnie Russell
Bonnie Russell

I want to thank Ms. Caldwell for revealing her ignorance about the law. Who knew it would be so easy?

Ron Moody
Ron Moody subscriber

What makes one a serious journalist is being accepted as one. The same would hold true for the position of Public Affairs Officer.

rcm
rcm

What makes one a serious journalist is being accepted as one. The same would hold true for the position of Public Affairs Officer.

Chris Brewster
Chris Brewster subscribermember

If Ms. Caldwell offers equal time to everyone who has started a blog and fancies themselves a journalist, she’ll fail miserably in getting the Sheriff’s message widely disseminated. She should prioritize the amount of time she spends in accordance with the level of reach of the media outlet. In some cases, that will mean she has no time left for some.

B Chris Brewster
B Chris Brewster

If Ms. Caldwell offers equal time to everyone who has started a blog and fancies themselves a journalist, she’ll fail miserably in getting the Sheriff’s message widely disseminated. She should prioritize the amount of time she spends in accordance with the level of reach of the media outlet. In some cases, that will mean she has no time left for some.

Charles Rickman
Charles Rickman subscribermember

I care what Sara thinks the press should be. It's obvious you don't like her or the VOSD. Mr Jones, we see through your game. We don't need the cops permission to report news and Jan Calwell is the epitome of a SNOB!

tellmewhy
tellmewhy

I care what Sara thinks the press should be. It's obvious you don't like her or the VOSD. Mr Jones, we see through your game. We don't need the cops permission to report news and Jan Calwell is the epitome of a SNOB!

Bill Paul
Bill Paul subscriber

This is how law enforcement manipulates public information and hides important details from the public. If they don't like the details you publish or you don't play their game of making them look good at all cost, they cut you off. This is one more example of how we have gravitated from a free country towards a police state.

SirVivor
SirVivor

This is how law enforcement manipulates public information and hides important details from the public. If they don't like the details you publish or you don't play their game of making them look good at all cost, they cut you off. This is one more example of how we have gravitated from a free country towards a police state.

Andy Kopp
Andy Kopp subscribermember

Snark on, Sara!

Bill Bradshaw
Bill Bradshaw subscribermember

Personally I'd carry a filled out Public Information Request any time I encountered either of these flaks.

toulon
toulon

Personally I'd carry a filled out Public Information Request any time I encountered either of these flaks.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

And no one really thinks VOSD is going to be critical of, or investigative of police scandal or actions outside the very narrow box the law enforcement allows. The proof isn't in making fun of some county PR hack. The proof is in a detailed report on police officers that step over the line, and that will never come from VOSD or any other mainstream news outlet. They will play nice, and get to report on the sacrificial lambs, as long as they limit the story and tie the misconduct back to job stress and lack of funding, like a "legitimate" reporter should.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

And no one really thinks VOSD is going to be critical of, or investigative of police scandal or actions outside the very narrow box the law enforcement allows. The proof isn't in making fun of some county PR hack. The proof is in a detailed report on police officers that step over the line, and that will never come from VOSD or any other mainstream news outlet. They will play nice, and get to report on the sacrificial lambs, as long as they limit the story and tie the misconduct back to job stress and lack of funding, like a "legitimate" reporter should.

Jennifer Reiswig
Jennifer Reiswig subscribermember

The comment about having agendas really leaped out at me, given that our city's main print journalism outlet has repeatedly stated right out in the open that they have agendas. Both Caldwell and Pudgil's comments came across to me in the video of the event as completely unprofessional and embarrassingly behind the times. I don't even have a clue what Shames was doing there. I am, however, wearing slippers so consider the source.

bmljenny
bmljenny

The comment about having agendas really leaped out at me, given that our city's main print journalism outlet has repeatedly stated right out in the open that they have agendas. Both Caldwell and Pudgil's comments came across to me in the video of the event as completely unprofessional and embarrassingly behind the times. I don't even have a clue what Shames was doing there. I am, however, wearing slippers so consider the source.

Barry Jantz
Barry Jantz subscriber

As I noted yesterday on Scott Lewis' facebook thread, I never wear fuzzy slippers when I blog. My slippers are denim. Pink denim.

barryjantz
barryjantz

As I noted yesterday on Scott Lewis' facebook thread, I never wear fuzzy slippers when I blog. My slippers are denim. Pink denim.

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