Monday, May 15, 2017

No News Is Bad News: Sierra Madre Weekly RIP

It now appears that coverage of the news and events of Sierra Madre is about to take another rather nasty kick in the teeth. The Sierra Madre Weekly, which has been covering the happenings of the Foothill Village since sometime late in the previous century, will disappear from this city's news racks on June 1st. Here is how that unhappy news was first shared in a Beacon Media sister publication known as The Pasadena Independent (link).

‘Sierra Madre Weekly’ Morphs Into ‘Pasadena Independent’ (link): As part of a consolidation plan, Beacon Media News has made the decision to discontinue printing the ‘Sierra Madre Weekly’ effective June 1. The ‘Sierra Madre Weekly’ has published each and every Thursday since 1998. We decided to merge Sierra Madre News (sic) with ‘Pasadena Independent’ as the communities are in such close proximity.

Beacon Media will continue the ‘Sierra Madre Weekly’ website in perpetuity. All Sierra Madre news items / blotters etc., stories will now be found in ‘Pasadena Independent’ which will be distributed to all the usual drop sites in the city of Sierra Madre each week. We hope you’ll understand and pick up ‘Pasadena Independent’ each week. Please continue to send your news items and press releases to us and we’ll glad run these items in ‘Pasadena Independent’, space permitting.

In a time when print continues to dwindle as more and more people turn to the Internet for their information, this is understandable. The financial pressures that many newspapers face are immense, and this further indication of decline is not exactly a surprise. Obviously this is being done to save money. And let's face it, Sierra Madre is hardly a fountainhead of advertising revenue.

However, as far as Sierra Madre goes, it is unfortunate as this city will now be left with only the discredited Mountain Views News. A publication so slavishly dedicated to the viewpoints and desires of the City Hall that sustains it financially it even republishes the typographical errors of its publicity releases intact.

Seriously. The following first appeared in Sierra Madre's new City Hall newsletter, The Village View.


The typo in question is: "Containers should be 32 gallons in size of smaller." Which was reprinted exactly that same way in the Mountain Views News (link):


The Mountain Views News version of news is to reprint City Hall publicity releases as is, and without any questions whatsoever. Even to the point of keeping the typos. And without accrediting the original source of their "news," by the way. Something known to most of us as plagiarism. Your tax dollars at work, and such a fine example for our local school kids. That is, should they ever actually pick a copy of the MVN up, which I doubt happens too often.

The Sierra Madre Weekly did original journalism. They questioned authority when that needed to be done, and weren't afraid to stick their neck out and print the truth. No matter who downtown it might offend. Their excellent coverage of the Robert Matheson story, and the city's response (or utter lack thereof), being a good example.

Hopefully that kind of Sierra Madre coverage will continue in the Pasadena Independent. But no matter how you spin it, this isn't great news.

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23 comments:

  1. Other than the Athens Services Organic give away who like the Athens waste services these days? Has your costs been reduced? Was there a multi-year contract installed? Athens has been known to in slave each city they have a contract with since they control city hall. Beware of what city hall tells you.

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  2. Susan must be clucking like a happy hen.

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    1. Ms. Henderson is no doubt on to her next con, and doesn't even think about this place at all. Just cashes the checks.

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    2. An entire newspaper could be filled with past typos from the Mountain View News.
      The editing is non-existent.

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    3. You can say what you like about Harriet Susan Cooper Henderson, or whatever she's calling herself nowadays, but she is clever. When she meets people, she finds out a little about them (work, or family situations, or concerns) and then she engages them in meaningful conversations. People really do believe she cares. Quite clever.

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    4. She has a bit of the grifter about her.

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    5. A bit, 12:18? It's how she makes a living. It would be interesting to see just how much money she owes to how many people over the last few decades.

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    6. She borrows from very old people because she'll never have to pay them back. They'll die first.

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  3. What? No "breaking Russian news?

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    1. Actually a lot of the news coming out now is about Trump family corruption. Just simple greed. That is where the FBI and other investigations are going now. Whatever it takes.

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    2. That makes sense. He is a developer, and obviously believes the world exists for his own personal profit.

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    3. The seeds for Trump's demise were planted months ago.

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    4. One important part of making America great again is sending Trump to prison.

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  4. It's too bad - there was a lot of nothing in that paper, but there were some good articles and real writers.

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    1. Wasn't that paper in favor of the Dreadful Specific Plan for downtown?

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  5. Agree that the Weekly (sometime known as the Weakly) was excellent on the Robert W. Matheson crime and cover-up.
    How's that creep doing?

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    1. Living well in Sierra Madre.

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    2. He has influential friends in town. They got him off the hook on the sex offender registry.

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  6. Trump, just another in the long line of American Robber Barrons. Real estate instead of railroads, lumber or shipping. His name choice for his youngest child is quite telling. But when you get right down to it, the freedom sought after by the first colonists came about only after they paid their passage to the shipping magnant robber barron from whatever port city they managed to stumble to with their small passel of worldly goods. From there forward lots of rags to riches stories to inspire the middle class that is barely hangling on.

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  7. Trump is the beginning of the end of life in the USA as we know it. I attribute this to the uninformed, stupid and redneck voters. And now were dealing with the stubborn don't want to admit they are wrong Trump voters. Old saying for that, cut your nose off to spite your face. Sort of like the Ostrich, stick you head in the sand long enough your going to get your butt kicked.

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  8. TASS photographer allowed into the oval office but US photographers were not allowed. WH staff told it was an official photographer not a news photographer. Real story: Trump blowhard that he is, goes off script and then talks with Russian Ambassador and Foreign Minister that ISIS had in fact perfected the lap top bomb, information US had not even shared with allies yet.

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  9. All you Dump supporters still glad you voted for the idiot ? Still wearing your red hats ? Still admitting to people you voted for the loser ? What a shame.

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