A statement about the Guardian

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Today I named veteran Bay Area journalist Stephen Buel publisher of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

And following the resignation of Editor and Publisher Tim Redmond, I named longtime Bay Guardian editor Marke Bieschke interim editor of the paper.

Buel, editorial vice president of the San Francisco Newspaper Company, will bolster the paper’s fortunes while upholding its long tradition of investigative journalism, progressive values and cultural coverage. Bieschke, the paper’s managing editor, nightlife columnist and long-time San Francisco resident and activist will help provide vision and leadership on the print and digital editions of the Guardian.

“The Guardian has been losing money, and we were forced to contemplate some editorial layoffs,” Buel said. “Tim decided to resign rather than follow through with what we were discussing. I am dedicated to reversing the Guardian’s fortunes and helping it grow again.

“While we will all miss Tim’s skills as a journalist, I would like to assure the Guardian faithful that it will remain the progressive newspaper of record in San Francisco. I suspect there will be some skepticism about that, but over time, I am confident that readers will not be disappointed.”

— Todd Vogt, president and publisher of the San Francisco Newspaper Company, parent company of the Guardian, SF Weekly and The San Francisco Examiner.

Comments

""Redmond told FCJ, “At midnight last night I got a letter from Todd saying ‘your resignation is accepted.’ But I never submitted a resignation.”' ""

That's a really poor way to treat a human being who has worked for the same organization for THIRTY YEARS.

They kicked him out the front door and pushed him down the stairs.

Posted by Edward on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

dismissal".

Or of course he may have gotten a six-figure payout as a condition of him keeping quiet. Either of those explanations may explain why Tim is keeping his pie-hole shut.

And God knows, that hasn't happened much.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

I must say, the nastiness, pettitness, triviality, and insipid, empty nature of much of what is posted here is really kind of astounding. I don't read most blogs, and generally ignore these kinds of forums because they tend to be so dumb, inane, and pointless. But given the seriousness of what is happening to the independent media, the ongoing destruction of journalism, and Tim Redmond's long history as a highly partisian, yet intelligent analyst of local politics, I did scroll through the posts. The shallowness of much of what is posted here is really amazing. Are there people who actually read and post this kind of stuff on a regular basis?

In fact, the SFBG has, over the years, served as a excellent news source on certain issues and a persistant critic of corporate power. Pressures of economics and the overall undermining of serious journalism have, no doubt, taken their tolls. Clearly, we need to find other models to sustain -- and pay -- for serious journalism and reporting.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

if you did, you would have known that it has gotten much worse in the last year or two, with Tim resorting to commenting on the journalism of others (Chron, Beyond Chron etc.) rather than being original.

And his class warfare rhetoric became increasingly rabid and unhinged. A mid-life crisis, no doubt.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 16, 2013 @ 7:39 am

I win.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

point out the lies, bias and inconsistencies in Redmond's posts have, each in their own way, helped align SFBG better with the silent moderate majority who win elections around these parts.

Yes, the people win here.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 16, 2013 @ 7:44 am

"Clearly, we need to find other models to sustain -- and pay -- for serious journalism and reporting."

I totally agree. New paradigm shifts are necessary.

Tim and Sarah (remember her? another SFBG employee who was laid off, but by Bruce) should start a new publication--but keep those trolls thorughly at bay, folks!

Posted by Harold on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 8:14 pm

He didn't consider them trolls. He thrived on their constructive criticism, which kept him honest.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 16, 2013 @ 7:31 am

"I AM THE PUBLISHER" - tim redmond circa April 2012

"I AM FIRED!" - tim redmond, circa today

LOL tOLD YA sO! CORPORATE CHAIN OWNED WEEKLIES SUCK!

Posted by Guest on Jun. 16, 2013 @ 6:13 am

Bruce fired people too, and stopped any union representation that might have protected his workers.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 16, 2013 @ 7:32 am

"Raising hell since 1966. Shot to hell in 2013."

Posted by Richard Knee on Jun. 16, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

Good one, Mister Knee.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 16, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

Looking like its all over here?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 17, 2013 @ 6:16 am
Posted by Guest on Jun. 17, 2013 @ 7:30 am

...as coffin is carefully dropped into the earth...

ashes to ashes

Posted by Harold on Jun. 17, 2013 @ 8:02 am

The plural form applies only if you are referring to a group of fatalities.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 17, 2013 @ 8:15 am

Thanks for the French grammar lesson, M. Guest. And fait mois un pipe.

Seriously, I will miss Tim.

I suppose he will be okay, given that his lawyer wife takes in a 6-figure salary, and he owns a million-dollar home.

I just hope he doesn't get bored sitting around the house and doing the housework and packing wifey's lunch each day.

He should start a new paper with Sarah, as noted above, using some of Bruce's real estate profits. And if Bruce won't pay up, they should sue him.

Posted by Karl on Jun. 17, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

little idea that victory would come so completely and consummately. Redmond's last rodeo is but the icing on the cake. Let me itemize these victories for common sense, decency and a moderate focus:

1) Bruce bows out, firing staff to the end, and converts to red-blooded capitalism. SFBG joins the capitalist class as a small, declining part of a media empire.

2) SFBG finally gives up on trying to get public power

3) SFBG's faith in Obama was thrown back in their face

4) Ed Lee romps home in a landslide election over the anti-job's SFBG candidate, John Everloss.

5) SF home prices rebound to an all-time high, with multiple offers over asking for each home.. S&P hits an all-time high last months. prosperity is in the air again, and there is nothing SFBG hates more than prosperity and success.

6) Marcos gives up posting here, a broken man, driven out by the unlikely pincer movement from anon and Lilli.

7) Progressives revealed to hate Asians, presumably because the model minority doesn't fit the "victim status" that progressives wish to confer upon non-whites.

8) Swinging budget cuts at all levels of government show that SFBG has lost the debate on revenues and budgets.

9) Tim leaves. 35 years here and SF is more right-wing than when he started out. That's gotta hurt.

The only problem now is that, with all these wins, there is no challenge here any more. Steven has retreated into his comfort zone of drugs, nightlife and bad art, Marke is running around like a gopher on heat, and we have the "new but old" rantings of JAW passing as serious political commentary.

I feel my work here is almost complete.

Posted by Anon on Jun. 17, 2013 @ 8:24 am

Ya know that the nonprofit and labor hacks who round out the handful of sources the SFBG relies on for every political story are shitting purple twinkies at the prospect of losing those 50,000 guaranteed votes who followed the SFBG brand.

The SFBG and this clique of advocates have both lost ground as they have all descended into a mutual admiration society that is divorced from any connection to the San Francisco electorate.

The SFBG has given this clique a modicum more political power than they would have had otherwise, and they have swiftly capitalized that into staying power at their institutions, only under the provisio that nothing in their domain of advocacy ever change.

But with the SFBG circling the drain--they're not even purging comment spam anymore--hopefully the corrupt political power of labor and the nonprofits that focuses more on their own edification than on moving an political agenda will dwindle and that will open the door for non-ethically conflicted San Franciscans to once again participate in politics.

This elimination of a political springboard might be what it will it take for heads to roll at SEIU or at the CCHO given that ten years of political failure has not. Had the SFBG, labor and the nonprofits put San Franciscans instead of themselves first, they would not find themselves in this position of weakness.

But their selfishness not only has put their political charges at risk, but it has also put at risk any self determination of San Francisco by San Franciscans in favor of rule by the neoliberals and corporations with which the nonprofits and labor have cast their lots.

Labor and the nonprofits have nobody to blame but themselves, and their persistent political disconnect will not produce a replacement for the Guardian that is anything but yet another echo chamber for the politically connected sellouts.

Posted by marcos on Jun. 17, 2013 @ 8:58 am

the SFBG tells them to? Just because 50,000 copies of the free rag may vanish from newspaper boxes in the city every Wednesday does not translate into kneejerk sheeple votes.

And given the arguments between the left and resultant fracturing, which you yourself allude to, not even the far left can agree on who or what to vote for. Lee won easily because the left was fragmented.

And an SFBG endorsement has, in recent years, been the kiss of death in district elections.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 17, 2013 @ 10:18 am

Please define 'resignation'.

Posted by Patrick Monk.RN. on Jun. 17, 2013 @ 9:22 am

The resignation happened in 2006 when the SFBG, CCHO and SEIU just gave up the fight for anything but to preserve their little reservations for themselves. This is the fallout from those choices that led to a position of weakness.

Posted by marcos on Jun. 17, 2013 @ 9:39 am

demographics of the city change and become more moderate.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 17, 2013 @ 10:25 am

He got fired. Get fucked, Vogt.

Posted by Ed on Jun. 20, 2013 @ 2:09 am

This whole turn of events is pretty outrageous (and entertaining). This ignorant rich boy buys out all the newspapers in S.F. and proceeds to show the city what a buffoon he is.

Posted by 23 year S.F. resident and former Bay Guardian reader on Jun. 21, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

which includes what Tim and Steven have told us. Vogt saw the numbers were terrible and told Tim to can some folks. Tim refused (rather dumbly, IMO) and that left Vogt with no choice but to 86 him.

Time will tell whether that was a shrewd move or not but, having been in SF almost as long as you have, I'd argue that it is far too soon too tell. All things change and SFBG was well overdue for an overhaul.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 21, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

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