Newspapers can be partisan of course, and they can slant their coverage to suit any philosophy or agenda they see fit. All perfectly fine and legal under the First Amendment. If you don't like a particular paper's editorial policy, then why would you bother to pick up a copy? You are always free to go elsewhere for the news.
We don't do government controlled media in this country, either. This isn't a so-called "Peoples Republic." You are pretty much free to say and publish whatever you see fit. Nobody is forcing you to read anything you don't want to read. No arrests for reading unauthorized materials, or being judged a criminal for holding incorrect perspectives.
The Arcadia Weekly has been under an intense, withering, and at times grotesque assault from a quite tiny, but certainly loud, group of individuals. Apparently for doing nothing more than reporting the news in ways that they don't approve of, or like. Today these folks are doing everything they can to silence Arcadia's sole newspaper.
This small group of political reactionaries, apparently besides themselves with woe because they couldn't elect Bob Harbicht, a guy who chose to spend much of the last City Council election cycle snorkeling in Hawaii rather than doing much actual campaigning, operates out of a couple of Facebook pages. And as part of a campaign of intimidation, clearly designed to muzzle the Arcadia Weekly, they plagiarized and defaced images and likenesses owned by that paper. Amongst a few other things.
Now the Arcadia Weekly is fighting back. In an editorial titled "FBI Warns Of Consequences Of Anti-Social Media" (link), written by Terry Miller, the paper had this to say about life under the gun.
In the aftermath of tragic shootings, such as the recent ones at Santa Fe High School in Texas and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, there is often an increase in hoax threats to schools and other public places and/or people in the public eye.
Safety is paramount, and the FBI and our state and local law enforcement partners always respond to each threat, according to a recent press alert sent out by David Bowdich, Deputy Director of the FBI.
On a local level, while not as dramatic as the terrible loss of students’ lives at the hands of an angry and crazed gunman, some social media posters have started a heinous attack on two Arcadia councilmembers, going so far as depicting one as Adolph Hitler.
Ultimately, this is nothing less than a witch hunt, aiming to belittle, berate, and bully. Using and reposting images (owned by this newspaper) and in violation of copyright, these anti-social media posters refuse to adhere to multiple requests to remove the offensive images and ultimately do the public a severe injustice.
This newspaper has filed official complaints with Facebook, and several investigations are now underway. Intellectual rights must be respected, no matter what the cost.
I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of the paper, or go to the website I linked for you above, and read the entire piece.
The actual identities of the Facebook pages involved are not discussed in this editorial, but I have pretty much figured out who they are. As the editorial states, the two in question were clearly warned about plagiarizing and defacing Arcadia Weekly property, a message that was clearly delivered on the sites themselves.
Those warnings have now been found. This first screenshot was taken of the Facebook page "Voice of Arcadia."
This second screenshot comes from the Facebook page of Mark Hong, an individual noted for his bizarre vendetta against Arcadia City Councilmember Tom Beck.