Friday, June 1, 2018

The Arcadia Weekly Fights Back

Newspapers report the news, and people read them in order to find out what is going on in whatever part of the world they happen to be living. If a newspaper did nothing more than parrot the biased perspectives of only a small handful of opinionated people, then it wouldn't be of much use to anyone. Who would even read it?

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.


The Tattler will be following this story closely, and we will report any new information as soon as it arrives.

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51 comments:

  1. This whole dust up sounds more like a civil war developing(power struggle)in the 'middle kingdom' of Arcadia, California, best to stay clear until the dust settles June, 2018..

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    1. The dust will not settle. Next target - April Verlato. Even though she will not be running again for 2 more years, Sho's army is after her now and picking up steam. If the city does not get proactive and speak out or reach out the nasties will up their game. Arcadia will continue to be a city without a moral compass. Making Sho mayor will give proof that Arcadia has no moral will.

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    2. It is all a carefully thought out tactic. Put together by the development and realty people.

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  2. Click the link but it is temporary unavailable. Don't tell me that it is hacked again.

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    1. It is working now. I just connected.

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  3. Next Tuesday is going to be the meeting from hell.

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  4. Tattler readers who belong to Facebook should also file complaints. In addition to copyright violation,
    readers can object to Voice of Arcadia for attempts at censoring news......interfering with our
    First Amendment rights and false accusations against City Councilman Beck. Ballots instructions are clearly
    printed in Chinese so the video was not necessary.

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    1. How do you file a Facebook complaint?

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  5. Local rotary supports Harbicht.

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    1. Hopefully at least they know the election is over and it's time to move forward with the city's business.

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    2. The Rotary has the best interest of the city at heart. Harbicht must be a thorn in their side. The Rotary would be well advised to stay out of city politics and not taint their good deeds. If they actively supported Harbicht woe be to them.

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  6. The developers are destroying our town. They are the ones responsible for being this down on us.

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    1. To tell you the truth, 7:31, I thought Arcadians woke up too late, and that you weren't going to be able to recover from the over-development greed fest that's been going on. Glad to see I was wrong, and that there's a chance you'll be able to stop the proliferation of those enormous lot-line to lot-line castles.

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    2. The jury is out on whether it is too late or not. Right now the situation is out of control and the city has their heads in the sand and their rears staring at the stars that they only wish they could be.

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    3. No stars in Arcadia. Completely obliterated by McMansions. Or maybe the stars have simply fallen in the greedy abyss.

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  7. Facebook is in the throngs of correcting their image of trustworthiness and honestly, seems that all boys will be boys; time to make better choices and move forward for all, Voice of America, Arcadia Weekly and Facebook.

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    1. Facebook is a mess. Though the Voice of America page is nice.
      https://www.facebook.com/voiceofamerica/

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    2. HOW RUSSIAN FACEBOOK ADS DIVIDED AND TARGETED US VOTERS BEFORE THE 2016 ELECTION
      https://www.wired.com/story/russian-facebook-ads-targeted-us-voters-before-2016-election/

      VOA is using some of the same techniques. They're not "boys," 8:37.

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    3. Facebook losing out to YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat among US teens
      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44329488

      They're probably fleeing all of the weird adults.

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  8. China and Russia both used to be communist countries. It is a son and father relationship. Not surprised everyone's brain under control of government even in the overseas. Now, city of Arcadia use WeChat under Sho Tay's direction. Does that mean Arcadia city is under China government monitoring? Sho Tay will be running for People Republic of Arcadia's leadership. It sounded like the leader of Hong Kong has to get China government agreement. China pointed someone to run for it. It is a fake election. It is very sad. Where is the freedom of press in Arcadia?

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    1. The freedom of the press in Arcadia is under assault from the Developer Party. We will find out if that is a successful or failed tactic next Tuesday.

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    2. uh, a good 1/4th of we asians in arcadia aren't Chinese
      you really don't know what you'r talking about

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    3. Please provide voters with some candidates in future City Council elections. The gene pool that gave us with Bob Harbicht, Roger Chandler and Sho Tay is obviously depleted.

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    4. With districting you rarely tap into 5 of the best. Districts divide and make cities weaken so that special interests conquer. The attorney who filed suit against Arcadia is up to his neck in the development world.

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  9. Anyone that is not equipped to think for themselves and relies on Facebook, VOA, Arcadia Weekly, Tattler, LA Times etc, has more issues going for them than the day is long, the iconic term of "useful idiots" comes to mind.

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    1. Where do you get your information? By talking to your dog?

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  10. Funny, but tired old line, 9:44am.,
    yes i talk with my dog for updates on news, his dog house is lined with the paper, who better to understand the importance of the printed word.

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    1. OK, I surrender. Where do you get your information?

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  11. Decade's between two officials meeting in White House.
    Sixty five years since North Korea and United States have met in one room.
    History being made: Peace through Strength.

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    1. There's one born every minute.

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    2. At least North Korea will get a McDonalds out of it.

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    3. Trump believes Putin when he tells him he didnt meddle in our election but does NOT believe our intel agencies when they tell him he did.

      Weird, eh.

      I therefore submit that he is a traitor.

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  12. Actor Gary Sinise when near the DNZ; "...no where in the World are we so close to slavery and freedom at the same moment".

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  13. I don't mean to offend any of my republican friends, but VOA is employing a very Trump tactic. Attack the media constantly so that people won't believe what they report. If you look on the VOA page they have a little homage to Trump and Travis Allen, a race baiting demagogue running for governor. Which makes VOA's whining about racism especially hypocritical.

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  14. One Year Cost to Taxpayers:

    Mueller Investigation: $16.7 million

    Trump’s Golf Trips: $67 million

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  15. June 12th 2018 meeting in Singapore on.
    NOKO and USA, this is a beginning.
    Thank you President Trump for your negotiation and leadership skills.
    History is made today.

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    1. Putin arranged photo op designed to make his floundering asset look competent.

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    2. Nobody talks like that

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    3. I do. It is called the truth.

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  16. Yes, 11:44, his leadership skills in assaulting women is great, you mindless idiot. Crawl out from under that rock.

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  17. President Trump: Talked about the ending about the Korean War.
    President Trump said he will read the letter (a symbol of respect)later in the afternoon that was written by Kim Jong Un,the letter was hand delivered from North Korean Spy Master, Kim Yong Chol.

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    1. Trump is being played like a fiddle.

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    2. Sort of like the City of Arcadia fiddling while their city burns. Keep looking the other way while the elephant sits in plain view. The person who has consistently taken a stand is April Verlato. She backs up her statements with documentation. Sho's nose just keeps on growing. Coping in the middle of a crisis takes more than playing the fiddle.

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  18. Good News; trump just shot himself in the foot along with the Republican Party & GOP - right before elections in some states of the Union. http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/31/news/economy/united-states-steel-aluminum-tariffs/index.html

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  19. looks like VOA and Angry Arcadian pages have a couple of kids home from college running them with someone in El Monte. Such a small following. Not going to waste time reading their rubbish, it will catch up with them eventually.

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    1. It's the all the same knuckleheads.

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  20. One of them might be Stella Gu's 19 years son. During the election, he went door to door with Stella Gu and listening to Stella Gu's untruful claimed. Roger Chandler is a retired Arcadia police chief.

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  21. 6:16pm. El Monte Foo...
    With a name like Gu ya think he would live in El Monte? Not.
    VOA sounds more like your nephews style.

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  22. I never thought and assumed what kind of last name should live where. Your comment really make my eyes open and speechless.

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    1. What comment are you talking about here. I am intrigued by your viewpoint, but I cannot see what you are taking offense at.

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