A local Newspaper really is a community rock
Or at least that is what a newspaper should do. Our local newspaper was taken over several years ago by a woman and her minions who have shown nothing but disdain and contempt for our little "Adobe Disneyland."
A film has been made about the death of our paper. "Citizen McCaw." I had the chance to see the premier of the film at a "sold out" showing at the Arlington Theatre on Friday night. It really is a terrific movie; a must see for every Santa Barbarian. Actually, a must see for everyone, for if it can happen here, it can happen everywhere. A cautionary tale of how greed, avarice and the viewing of a "public utility" as a "personal playground" will ultimately damage a community, a society, a democracy.
The film chronicles events since July 2006, when editor Jerry Roberts and five of his colleagues quit the Santa Barbara News-Press, citing owner and Co-publisher Wendy McCaw's abandonment of journalistic ethics, which McCaw denied. Since then, McCaw and dozens of her former staffers have been engaged in a fierce clash of wills that raises important national questions of journalistic ethics and media ownership. - Citizen McCaw