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The saddest headline in the history of the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

And so in the end Rupert Murdoch wanted the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones more than did the Bancroft family that owned them for more than 100 years.

Yet another sad day for the newspaper business as these crown jewels of journalism slipped into the Maw of Murdoch and the slime of the New York Post, Fox News, the O.J. Simpson autobiography, and Murdoch's sellout ventures in China.

For me, the saddest headline in WSJ history was the top head on the front page of the Aug. Read more »

The Chronicle's David Lazarus: the consumer reporter who wasn't allowed to cover the biggest consumer story in San Francisco history

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

David Lazarus wrote his farewell consumer column for the July 27th Chronicle under the headline, "Where is the media watchdog?"

Indeed. Read more »

Today's Ammianoliner

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Ed Jew runs in San Francisco to Burlingame marathon. (On the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Monday, July 30.) B3

The ugly news we've been waiting to hear

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Alas. Alas. As predicted by the Guardian, the Bruce blog, and most everybody in and around the Dean Singleton news operations, the bad news was flashed this morning by my reliable source in Contra Costa County in his note and Singleton story below.

This was a major story on yet more news consolidation in the Bay Area, but it only rated a three paragraph burial story on page 2 of the daily digest page of the business section of Singleton's only Bay Area daily "competitor," the San Francisco Chronicle. Read more »

Extra! Extra! Chronicle runs front page story critical of PG&E!

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Coming back from a special meeting of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) in Santa Domingo,
I was pleasantly surprised to find a solid story on the front page of the Chronicle (Thursday, July 26th) laying out PG&E's sorry record on blackouts.

The head was good: "The Blackout Blues." The subhead was apt: "PG&E leaves customers in the dark more often than the other big utilities in California." The lead was a real lead: ""Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Read more »

CNN Vs. 'Sicko': Fact-checking Michael Moore is not a healthy thing to do on the air

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

CNN, whose correspondents have been lobbying softball questions to Bush administration spokespeople since the Iraq War began, decided to do a "fact check" of Moore's film 'Sicko' and then ask him some pointed questions when he appeared on CNN's Situation Room on July 9.

Moore was up to the test, and then turned the tables on Wolf Blitzer and Dr. Read more »

Carolyn Knee is free! Finally, after five years, the poster girl for ethics reform has been freed by the Unethical Commission

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Rick Knee flashed the word from City Hall about 6:35 p.m. Read more »

Ammiano tosses out an Ammianoliner for the All-Star game

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"San Francisco welcomes five day All-Star wank fest. Who's your Daddy? (On Ammiano's answering machine on Monday, July 9.) B3

SOS: The Unethical Commission goes into session Monday night on the Case of the Grassroots Treasurer who went up against PG&E in a tight public power campaign. Come and support Carolyn Knee at the Ethics meeting at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall room 408

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Carolyn Knee, the poster girl for how the Ethics Commission is unethically treating treasurers of grassroots campaigns, goes once more before the Ethics Commission at a hearing starting at 5:30 p.m. Read more »