This weekend, Bruce Brugmann, the publisher and co-owner of the famously liberal San Francisco Bay Guardian, decided it was time to try to shame some of his competitors, namely the right-wing San Francisco Examiner, out of business.
During the web conference for the Association of Alternative Newspapers, Brugmann raised his hand during a seminar on readers' behavior and foolishly asked the speaker, Leonard Brody, why a newspaper as conservative as the Examiner is allowed to publish and distribute content in San Francisco -- an overwhelmingly liberal city.
His logic -- which he espoused in front of more than 100 media colleagues at the
conference -- was that the conservative slant was truly inappropriate for San
Who asked him anyway?
Brody, who works for the Anschutz Corporation, which owns the Examiner, responded to Brugmann's rhetorical and asinine question, pointing out what we'd all expect a newspaperman to know: freedom of the press.
Brody was discussing the examiner.com citizen journalist site, which is separate from the San Francisco Ex. He told Brugmann that nobody can control what publications print and what readers consume.
In other words, Brugmann can't play God.
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