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Revenge Of The Empire

What happens when a maverick city councilman starts a blog and uses it to ask hard budget questions that go against the interests of the local mega-paper?

The San Francisco Chronicle, rather than address substantive issues, chooses to muckrake with this pathetic headline "Public picks up tab for Daly blog - District 6 supervisor first official to keep diary on city's dime" (they have since changed to a less inflammatory headline in their online editions).

San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly attacked by The San Francisco Chronicle


Last we checked pretty much all of the activities of a full-time politicians are done on the taxpayers dime. San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly is to be commended for exploring a new medium of communication, at a negligible cost (if any) to taxpayers, not hounded by the Chronicle for possible wrongdoing or misconduct.


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Hello??!! Italy Withdrawing... (Below threshold)
Clive Tolson:

Hello??!! Italy Withdrawing Troops!! Your cable out?

- which one of the raging l... (Below threshold)

- which one of the raging liberal "causes" did the good councilman have the timerity to question. Answer that and you'll be at the root cause of the yellow journalism's reason for letting loose the snarling hounds.....

For all that liberals claim... (Below threshold)
Omni:

For all that liberals claim to embrace new ideas, the reality is that only THEIR new ideas count, and they hate like poison for anyone else to do anything new and forward-thinking.

RE: Big Bang Hunter's post ... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

RE: Big Bang Hunter's post (March 16, 2005 12:21 AM)
Answer that and you'll be at the root cause of the yellow journalism's reason for letting loose the snarling hounds

Yep, but this one is more personal. From the article:

Daly, an outspoken supervisor who got his start as a housing activist, has so far used his blog to discuss the city's budget crisis, the Giants' request for a large property tax reduction and to criticize The Chronicle's news coverage.

Daly, whose boardroom outbursts have been criticized on The Chronicle's editorial pages, makes no bones about the fact that his blog is driven largely by his desire to offer a counterpoint to the newspaper he dislikes.

"The purpose of the Web site is to communicate my thoughts and ideas on issues clearly to the public without the interference of media bias," Daly said.

Another subtle little jab from the article was the implication that Daly's blogging needed restraint and that the city attorney had to jump in and set rules to keep Daly under control (see Paragraph 2 from the article). The article added that it was Daly who "...asked for the legal guidance after learning that the city has no written rules" (see Paragraph 3 from the article). Like I said, very subtle and my summary doesn't do it justice unless you read the entire paragraph; however, Daly found out on his own that there were no rules and actively asked the legal deprtment for guidance. I'd call that pretty ethical.

At least this isn't entirely a hit piece since The Chronicle did include Daly's position without hiding it all at the end of the article. However, what brought the wrath of The Chronicle upon Daly to the point where he felt he needed to blog? Well, here are a couple of positions - The Trial of Chris Daly (Profanity, power and politics) by Jim Meko and Class conflict by Steven T. Jones - interesting reads. And here is one of Daly's own - Early Coverage of Our Site - his attempt to explain that the blog exists to combat the "misinformation" and "maliciousness" presented on message boards at the SF Chronicle and elsewhere. The Chronicle should have mentioned that particularly since it was only his second blog entry.

By the way, his presence is more than a blog. It is a portion of a website with an apparently new blog component. He is performing a terrific service for his constituents from what I can tell and to minimize his presence as just a blog is an insult. No offense to bloggers but his site produces more than a Daly rant every couple of days. That to me is the biggest bias I walk away with after reading The Chronicle story. Daly presents more material than any other of the members in that compilation of 11 districts. but you wouldn't know that from the article. You'd think he was sneaking in a biased, taxpayer subsidized, unchecked blog and that was all.

I'd say Kevin has it about right. In fact, maybe he's being generous.

Rathergate showed those int... (Below threshold)
Rod Stanton:

Rathergate showed those interested in getting the truth that the MSM was not the place to look. The MSM which had been on the decline since Talk Radio 28 years ago; really has been losing eyes and ears since Rathergate. They have viciously been on the attack since Dec. This is just the latest attack on a blog. Expect more to come.

In regards to Clive's comme... (Below threshold)
EndlessEcho:

In regards to Clive's comment, Italy isn't pulling their troops out til September anyway..

“Starting with the month of September, we would like to proceed with a gradual reduction of our soldiers,” on condition that Iraq could provide “acceptable” security, Berlusconi said.

Not so very newsworthy 6 months before it's going to begin.

RE: Clive Tolson's post (Ma... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

RE: Clive Tolson's post (March 16, 2005 12:20 AM)

Elections in Afghanistan. Elections in Iraq. Elections in Palestine and Arafat disgraced/dead. Lebanon booting Syria. Possible constitutional changes and open elections in Egypt. Elections returning to Saudi Arabia. Pakistan and India getting friendlier.

...Your cable out?

No, is yours?

That is awesome. I'd like ... (Below threshold)
Jon:

That is awesome. I'd like to see more politicians writing the occasional blog. Let's hear it unfiltered from their keyboards. The feeding frenzy of other bloggers, talk radio, and other competitors will weed out the truth from any distortions. This is free market journalism at it's best. The legacy media will either reform or wither away.

AnonymousDrivel: Electio... (Below threshold)
Krusty Krab:

AnonymousDrivel: Elections in Afghanistan. Elections in Iraq. Elections in Palestine and Arafat disgraced/dead. Lebanon booting Syria. Possible constitutional changes and open elections in Egypt. Elections returning to Saudi Arabia. Pakistan and India getting friendlier.

What are you... a pessimist? You forgot Morroco, the Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.

Anyway, with Italy continuing to pay ransom to the terrorists, they are really doing more harm than good. Don't expect anybody over hear to cry tears over them leaving.

Wow, this guy spent $5 a mo... (Below threshold)

Wow, this guy spent $5 a month. The horror! And he wrote about issues important to the city!

Daly doesn't have a blog, h... (Below threshold)
jeff:

Daly doesn't have a blog, he isn't allowing comments and doesn't have trackbacks.

This is simply an online venue for Daly to have his temper tantrums.

"Another subtle little jab ... (Below threshold)
Bucky Katt:

"Another subtle little jab from the article was the implication that Daly's blogging needed restraint and that the city attorney had to jump in and set rules to keep Daly under control (see Paragraph 2 from the article). "

How refreshing that the Chronicle is such a dynamic advocate of free speech! /sarcasm off

RE: Krusty Krab's post (Mar... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

RE: Krusty Krab's post (March 16, 2005 10:38 AM)

What are you... a pessimist? You forgot Morroco, the Ukraine...

Who knew? [In muted evil voice: Yes, ADriveler, yeeees. Redirect to conceal your hidden xenophobia. Never reveal your true self... hahahahaaaa.]

...and Kyrgyzstan.

Now your just making stuff up. Next thing you know, you'll tell me that Wherisitstanese are walking around with purple thumbs and that Americans elected Bush. That's just crazy-talk.

Anyway, with Italy conti... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Anyway, with Italy continuing to pay ransom to the terrorists, they are really doing more harm than good. Don't expect anybody over hear to cry tears over them leaving.

But what of the mighty coalition?


You forgot Poland.

Jeff, what do you think ear... (Below threshold)

Jeff, what do you think early blogs were?
From Wikipedia

"A weblog, web log or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic time-stamped posts on a common webpage. These posts are often but not necessarily in reverse chronological order. Such a website would typically be accessible to any Internet user. The term "blog" came into common use as a way of avoiding confusion with the term server log."

Elections in Afghanista... (Below threshold)
Clive Tolson:

Elections in Afghanistan. Elections in Iraq. Elections in Palestine and Arafat disgraced/dead. Lebanon booting Syria. Possible constitutional changes and open elections in Egypt. Elections returning to Saudi Arabia. Pakistan and India getting friendlier.

AD,

You watch anything besides Fox or read anything besides the Moonie Times?

Not so very newsworthy ... (Below threshold)
Clive Tolson:

Not so very newsworthy 6 months before it's going to begin.

It is newsworthy because Berlusconi didn't wait for (or trust?) Rummy's Pentagon 'investigation'.

RE: Clive Tolson at March 1... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

RE: Clive Tolson at March 17, 2005 02:14 AM
You watch anything besides Fox or read anything besides the Moonie Times?

Listen to anything besides Airhead America or read anything besides The Nation?

Hey, Sourpuss! aka Clive To... (Below threshold)
julie:

Hey, Sourpuss! aka Clive Tolson

Can you ever stay on topic? Or do you just have to come here and puke on every thread?

Back on topic:What... (Below threshold)
julie:

Back on topic:

What Daly is doing has to be more effective and more informative than those awful newsletters politicians mail to there constituents. For the Chronicle to bitch about what he is doing is hilarious. Just another example of msm boobs.

RE: julie's post (March 17,... (Below threshold)
AnonymousDrivel:

RE: julie's post (March 17, 2005 12:05 PM)
Can you ever stay on topic? Or do you just have to come here and puke on every thread?

Have a little pity, julie. With all of the body blows and head whacks dished from your corner, it's inevitable that his bile spill.

As far as Daly, I don't follow his politics but it is clear that he is running circles around his colleagues in this digital age. He is capitalizing on the medium and capitalizing upon the media. His peers are looking mighty frail.

AD: Have a litt... (Below threshold)
julie:

AD:

Have a little pity, julie. With all of the body blows and head whacks dished from your corner, it's inevitable that his bile spill.

No. If he wasn't here spewing his same old nonsense, no matter what the topic, he wouldn't be bitched slapped.

No matter what the topic, he tries to hijack it. Because, don't you know? It's all about him, all the time. A typical narcissitic moonbat. Look at me! Look at me!

And, mantis, you're not much better.




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