The CrackBerry Chronicles
With Elaine Santore
November 28, 2007
Now you see it, now you don't
"A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant
and the crazy crazier."
- H. L. Mencken
On November 23, a blog named Investigate
the Media posted an item titled "The San Francisco Chronicle
deceives its readers through comment-deletion trickery."
The author, who goes by the alias "Jim Jams," claims
SFGate deletes comments, even though the comments are still visible
to the original author. The post has received 104 comments at
the time of publishing, many from readers reporting a similar
Jim Jams doesn't argue against SFGate's right to delete comments,
but believes the website deletes comments for reasons not outlined
in the comments policy:
"Why would SFGate do such a thing? Because ever since public
input was first allowed at SFGate, many commenters who had their
comments deleted would come back onto the comment thread and point
out that they had been silenced for ideological reasons -- i.e.
they weren't sufficiently 'progressive' -- or because they had
pointed out ethical lapses at SFGate and the Chronicle."
First of all, I find it strange to see the word "progressive"
used in the same sentence as the Chronicle, but whatevs. If a
form of censorship has occurred and continues to occur, more people
should speak up. But I'm always suspecting towards people who
passive-aggressively post online instead of writing a letter to
The subject came up two days later on Indybay.
The author, Robert B. Livingston, covered a rally in Union Square
protesting Pakistan dictator General Pervez Musharraf. The protestors
asked if other media would be covering the event, and were disappointed
by the lack of exposure.
However, after publishing his article on the event, Livingston
was shocked to discover Chronicle reporter Rachel Gordon did show
up, but allegedly couldn't find the protestors:
"If there was, as planned, a protest in Union Square Saturday
against Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, the participants
did a mighty good job blending into the crowd of holiday shoppers."
Hmmm... Union Square is not that big. And protestors are usually
distinguishable next to holiday Bridge and Tunnel shoppers. Maybe
Rachel was running late?
Livingston left a comment on SFGate correcting Gordon, but he
wasn't sure if his comment actually appeared on SFGate (it did).
There's also a screen shot of his Google searches and postings
on SFGate, including one informing readers comments were closed.
I've heard complaints in the past about comments not appearing
on SFGate, but those were mainly because of registration issues.
However, the jury is still out on whether or not the problem comes
from a technical error, or if the Chronicle is practicing censorship.
Axis of Love Awards
On Monday Fog City Journal attended an award ceremony for Shona
Gochenaur and Axis of Love at El Rincon in the Mission. Our very
brown received an award for his column on the Pot Wars, and
Terrrie Frye, Deborah Walker, Police Commissioner David Campos,
and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi (Shona wrote "Mayor Mirkarimi"
on his certificate) also received awards.
District 3 State Senator Carole Migden and Shona Gochenaur.
Terrrie Frye, Deborah Walker, David Campos, and h brown pose with
This chick did not want her picture taken with Elaine Santore
and Ross Mirkarimi.
The "Green Room"
"Mayor Mirkarimi" accepting his award.
Some party favors.
Ross Mirkarimi and the owner of El Rincon.
Afterwards, our crew headed over to the Elbo Room to watch Jeremy
Pollock play in his band,
My Last Day on Earth. These guys know how to play their instruments.
Jeremy Pollock (right) plays lead guitar but he's also a versatile
Bill Barnes and Michael Goldstein enjoyed the show...
... as did Sonya Mehta and Andy Blue.
CrackBerry Blind Item
Which oafish campaign manager doesn't bother to, you know, campaign
much? He ran his last progressive campaign into the ground and
hasn't stepped up his game for his current client. His laissez-faire
attitude will get his incumbent meal ticket booted out of office,
unless he stops using events as an opportunity to lurk and drink
Do they give these campaign manager jobs out at the door? Can
we get one?