Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mountain Views Susan Defends Her Infamous Dead Bear Picture As A "Freedom Of Speech" Issue

Good old Susan Henderson. She is to freedom of speech what the soon to be paroled OJ Simpson is to family therapy. After having banned all of her local political columnists over the years for daring to have opinions that she does not approve of (Sierra Madre classic rock legend Rich Johnson being among the most recently excommunicated), and then replacing them with safe and locally irrelevant fourth-tier nationally syndicated columnists, all of whom being about as scintillating as mud, now she is proclaiming herself the great defender of free speech while valiantly refusing to print all but one of the letters she received complaining about her having published that particularly hideous dead bear picture. It is typical Henderson, and your sadly abused tax dollars at work.


Susan, of course, is free to print pictures of all the dead bears she wants. She is also free to admit that she doesn't always look at what goes into her paper, which Susan did this week. Trust me, nobody would be surprised, and she is hardly the only person who doesn't bother even looking at the thing.

However, people are also free to object to anything in her paper that offends them, and as the local taxpayer supported adjudicated publication of record, The Mountain Views News is obliged to at least acknowledge their opinions. And, should they complain about something she publishes in her paper, they are not practicing censorship as this absurdly self-reverential tax beneficiary accuses them, they are exercising their right to free speech. And as such do not deserve to be demeaned by her in so unhappy a manner.


More Susan nonsense. The reason she fills her op-ed pages with mind-numbing bromides from the likes Michael Reagan and John L. Micek is, as residents of far off places who have probably never even heard of Sierra Madre, they are highly unlikely to offend any of Henderson's local business and government cronies. In other words, she has effectively banned from her paper all local political opinion except hers because she fears it might interfere with her downtown cash hustle.


Unless, of course, you happen to be a bear. Or you are a free thinking local columnist such as Rich Johnson. Or folks writing in to complain about something they found offensive in her paper, as Beacon Media Editor Terry Miller did recently. Then you are at-risk of being labeled an enemy of free speech and censored by its #1 self-interested defender, Susan Henderson.

An irony that should be lost on nobody.

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48 comments:

  1. Her paper is a lot like Fox News- nonesense articles, pandering patriotism and ever loyal to corporate hand that feeds.

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  2. Susan has no regard for the opinions of those she disagrees with. Like most narcissists, she sees them as a personal threat.

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    1. It must be exhausting to keep the con going and going, the way Henderson does, despite all the evidence for clear thinking people to see.

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  3. Ahh Susan, don't drag FOX News into this. You just read what this Moderator wrote about not wanting to offend locals.
    Good article Mod.
    Why the city doesn't pull it's adjudication of record is beyond me.
    Most of to days communications are electronic, why can't the city print all legal notices on line? Save some dough.

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    1. There is an antiquated state law that requires cities to publish their notices and advertising in newsprint. It would save cities all across California millions of taxpayer dollars collectively if they could just post them on their websites, but no such luck. The result is corrosive nonsense like the Mountain Views News.

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    2. Additionally, I believe the selected newspaper must have been in circulation a specified amount of time. So one cannot just open a publication and then publish City notices.

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    3. An adjudicated paper must also maintain a certain level of distribution. The MVN's circulation numbers have never been clearly established, nor has the paper been forthcoming with that number.

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    4. I doubt that the City would want to pull its adjudicated paper. It is one of their propaganda pieces. They control Channel 3 government tv, the newspaper, and the local Sierra Madre emergency radio station. It's not about saving the taxpayer money, it's about controlling the message. That is why they despise the TATTLER so much. They can't control the Mod.

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    5. News suppression has proven to be productive for Henderson.

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    6. 8:03 - you are right. City Hall helped to create Susan Henderson.

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    7. There was a mighty effort to bring Henderson into accountability, but we lacked the council majority to make it work. Wasn't for lack of trying.
      Then the dust settled and it was okay with the town that the local paper was stolen.

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  4. Henderson's is not a newspaper but a vanity newsletter. The front page story (don't even call it an article as that souds too newsworthy) on the bear hunt was appalling. Asking that the local rag not publish such stuff is not censorship but a request for propriety. Think about your readership. Henderson must imagine that she has an readership.

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    1. Katina Dunn created an exceptional local paper. Henderson stole it and turned it into junk.

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  5. There is a reason why the Mountain Views News is available for free on newspaper racks located in front of liquor stores. You have to be drunk to want to read it.

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  6. 7:51, that's funny.

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  7. I never understoon how it could account for the circulation to meet the requirements of this law for publishing city notices. Star News would be lots better.

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    1. Maybe if we contracted with the Sierra Madre Weekly we could get a print edition again.

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  8. Beacon Media and Terry Miller; he is a home town guy and he married the girl next door over in Monrovia, I believe.
    The adjudicated paper should be the Beacon, that is a real newspaper with wide circulation, it is not thought of as a joke, as with the Mt. View News.
    With changes being made in Sierra Madre's move to the future, it is time to update and move adjudication requirements to a news worthy paper.

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    1. I agree. It is time for a change.

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    2. Sounds good but unless you speak City Hall's language it will never happen!

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  9. The Mt. View News is just like MSNBC and CNN. The Mt. View is a constant disappointment.
    It attempts to deliver news, but instead offers comic relief, fake news and apology after apology.

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    1. You meant to include Fox News as well I am sure. Otherwise you would be just like the people you are criticizing.

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    2. Daily troll dump.

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  10. So a news source reporting on another news source is now news?

    Must be a slow day in Sierra Madre...

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    1. News sources critique each other all the time.

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    2. 11:47, the Tattler s a news source; that other thing is a little cash cow for a professional con woman.

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    3. It's always a "slow day in Sierra Madre",we like it that way.

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    4. It is a placid place, at least by appearances. Beneath the surface it is quite something else.

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    5. When the pro-over-development faction is regrouping or licking their wounds, it is peaceful.

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  11. Where's the news?
    Journalism's dead.
    All are a bunch of opinions.
    Different day, same old opinions.

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    1. Journalism has always been somebody's opinion. Still carrying a torch for Walter Cronkite are you?

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    2. It's still out there. You just need to upgrade your sources.

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    3. The media is yet another American institution being beaten to death by pro-Putin Trumpists. AKA the " Treason Party."

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  12. WTF is this? Lol Not necessarily for comments......

    https://copblaster.com/blast/25/unicorn-snitch-john-crawford-of-the-sierra-madre-tattler

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    1. That might actually be a good post sometime soon. The guy who owns that site was actually arrested for extortion by the FBI. I was one of his targets and I testified against him. Spent a good stretch in the big house. He is now out of the pokey and rather upset.

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    2. That means you're doing good work!! Thanks.....

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    3. Thanks. Definitely an interesting experience. Not for everyone, though. The people who brought me to his attention are from Sierra Madre. Lovely human beings.

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    4. Can you say who they are?

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  13. Journalism use to be reporting observation and views from all involved in day to day struggles and celebrations, the writer would keep his/her opinion to themselves.

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    1. I think you mean a Newspaper? Journalism has many forms,ie. a blog ="a website containing a writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites".
      A newspaper = "a publication issued at regular and usually close intervals, especially daily or weekly, and commonly containing news, comment, features, and advertising."
      Etc,etc,etc........
      Journalism= "writing that reflects superficial thought and research, a popular slant, and hurried composition, conceived of as exemplifying topical newspaper or popular magazine writing as distinguished from scholarly writing"

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    2. Scholarly Writing - A good place to keep secrets.

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  14. Keep fighting the good fight Mod. The article was insensible, and so is Mrs. Henderson. Keep calling her out as often as needs be.

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  15. How this clever woman has kept up the charade for so long is beyond me.
    There's a trail of deceit, unpaid "loans," court judgements that are ignored - someone really has to want to believe she is who she says she is, in order to make facts disappear.

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    1. She works for the downtown investors club. Their wishes are her command.

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  16. Henderson utilized plenty of 'free' speech when she paddedher resume...

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  17. She's just trying to put food on the table.

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    1. I hear bear meat tastes like the most succulent delicious pork ever...

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    2. I'll bet you eat all sorts of things.

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