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Nice to see the Sacramento Bee cave into racial group pressure in regards to columnist-blogger and gold-mine of recall info Daniel Weintraub and his California Insider blog in this ridiculous cave-in:

The Bee got a further lesson in the pitfalls of that recently when columnist Daniel Weintraub included a contentious statement in his Sept. 1 Weblog, which is posted on sacbee.com.

Weintraub wrote that Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante "certainly owed his elevation to the job of Assembly speaker to his ethnic background and to the support he received from fellow Latinos. If his name had been Charles Bustmont rather than Cruz Bustamante, he would have finished his legislative career as an anonymous back-bencher."

Further, he alleged, "it's indisputably true that the Legislature's Latino Caucus advocates policies that are destructive to their own people and to greater California, in the name of ethnic unity." The caucus protested in a letter to Bee Publisher Janis Besler Heaphy.

Make what you will of Weintraub's statement, and of the caucus' protests. No matter what I or anyone else thinks, he has every right to analyze the political scene and reach those conclusions. But no newspaper should publish an analysis without an editor's review. That doesn't necessarily mean that Weintraub's blog should have been reworded, but an editor should at least have had the opportunity to question his conclusions.

Since these incidents came to light, The Bee has instituted some reforms. Weintraub's blog now goes to the editorial page editor or his deputy before it's posted on sacbee.com. Editors will not be allowed to write items for the Web without another editor's review.

That's fine as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough. Part of the problem is that no one in the newsroom is assigned full-time to oversee and disseminate Web content, and no reporters or editors work at the Web site.



All of which defeats the purpose of blogging....



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    Originally posted by Grimis
    Nice to see the Sacramento Bee cave into racial group pressure in regards to columnist-blogger and gold-mine of recall info Daniel Weintraub and his California Insider blog...
I'm with you; it's a total joke. At the same time, I'm a little surprised he managed to keep it going as long as he did, *especially* given how high a profile it had received around the Web in the past few weeks. I don't think it would have been overly cynical to predict this coming as long as the first part of his URL was "www.sacbee.com."



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He should have learned by now that the only thing a Sacramento Columnist should be writing about is how his family couldn't properly execute the Triple Spinner Reverse in a touch football game against a dentist.

(edited by redsoxnation on 22.9.03 0933)


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