Daily Archives: May 1, 2014

Willamette Week staffers recently met with Oregon Republican U.S. Senate candidates and things got lively when reporter Nigel Jaquiss was caught writing “blah blah blah blah” in his notebook while candidate Jo Rae Perkins, on the telephone, gave a very long answer to a question.
Mark Callahan, another candidate, pointed it out:

I see what you’re writing down there. You just wrote down “blah blah blah blah” for everything that Jo Rae said. Jo Rae is a respectful woman. Why are you not respecting her by writing “blah blah blah blah” in your notepad?

Callahan continued to protest Jaquiss’s “note-taking,” then was asked his view on climate change.

“It’s a myth,” he said.

“Where are you on the Easter bunny?” Jaquiss asked.

Callahan didn’t like that.

Are these really the questions that I was called here to answer? I called you out for putting “blah blah blah” on your notepad on now you’re asking me questions like this? Really? Really, are we talking about this now?

“Can I now move on and get the response from somebody else?” asked the alt-weekly moderator. “And if you’re not going to let me, I’m going to ask you to leave.”

Callahan continued to talk and was ordered out of the room. Before departing, he told the journalists they were “disrespectful, thin-skinned liberals.”

He did not win their endorsement.

The exchange starts at 1:06:15.

Update: Willamette Week says that “our goal is not to provide equal time to all candidates, but to explore questions that we think matter most to our readers. Not everyone likes to follow the rules, and on rare occasion we have asked candidates to leave the endorsement interviews. That’s what happened when Callahan came to our offices.”

U-T San Diego laid off sports columnist Jay Paris on May 28, 2013

U-T San Diego ran the ad below promoting Paris on April 20, 2014

Ad that ran in UT-San Diego on April 20, 2014

Did you see that? I asked Paris. Yes, he said.

It was on Easter Sunday and I thought my 22-year San Diego writing career had been resurrected!

I heard from many former readers and received numerous phone calls congratulating me for returning to writing about the San Diego sports scene — but it wasn’t true. I sent four U-T editors high up the food chain asking why it ran? Failed to get any clarification.

Thing is, I wish I was back scribbling. But I feel bad for those readers I built up after 22 years thinking I’m back with U-T. I’m coming up on the one-year anniversary of being let go!

I’ve also asked U-T San Diego’s sports editor what happened here.

* U-T moves on from Jay Paris (

Why Mark Evans refused to work for the new owners of Inside Tucson Business

* Editor: “I chose unemployment rather than work for 10/13 Communications” (
* Earlier: 10/13 Communications buys Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business (

10/13 Communications – its slogan is “a new kind of media company” – owns the East Valley Tribune and other papers in Arizona and Texas. Its Managers’ Guide is after the jump. Read More

* Baltimore Sun Media Group buys The Capital in Annapolis and the Carroll County Times. (
* Portland Press Herald gets a surprise (and brief) phone call from its frequent critic, Gov. Paul LePage. His first words: “This is the commander in chief of the Maine National Guard.” ( | Earlier: LePage tells a flight simulator he wants to blow up the Press Herald building. (
sun* McClatchy’s Lesley Clark, who has been on the White House beat for three years, has been able to ask the president a direct question just once. (
* Toronto Sun touts its Rob Ford “exclusive.” (
* “I basically imbibe the news all day in all forms,” says John Oliver. (
* Hockey fans send insults and racial slurs to Los Angeles Times’ Sandy Banks over a Donald Sterling column. (
* Random House impresses the New York Times books-beat reporter. (@juliebosman)
* Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout wins $250,000 from the conservative Bradley Foundation. (
* Susan Goldberg is promoted to National Geographic editor-in-chief. ( | (
* Meet the new class of Knight-Bagehot Fellows in economics and business journalism. ( | …. and the U.S. Knight Fellows at Stanford. (
* Milwaukee Journal Sentinel seeks more employee “separations.” (
* Don Lemon vs. Rush Limbaugh. (
* A pedestrian bridge in Nashville is named after former Tennessean editor John Seigenthaler. (
* More WHCA dinner celebrity guests. (

* What White House correspondents say about their jobs and the president
* Tina Brown: “The notion that I am this callous chaos machine is utterly unfair”
* Bill Keller’s confident that journalism’s “good stuff” will survive
* Hillary Clinton’s take on the media: “I have to be careful, I’m playing with fire”
* Meet three guys whose goal is to make posts go viral