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Bad News: Our Take on the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Merger

Center for Investigative Reporting Executive Director Robert Rosenthal last week announced that the CIR will improve the quality of its journalism by doing way less of it. Instead of running three organizations (the CIR, California Watch, and The Bay Citizen),…
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News, The Snitch Phil Bronstein Resigns from the <i/>Chronicle</i>

Phil Bronstein Resigns from the Chronicle

Former Chron editor Phil Bronstein confirmed today rumors that he is indeed leaving the newspaper after more than three decades with Hearst. However, Bronstein, 61, isn't leaving the news business.The 61-year-old tells us he will be taking on a larger…
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News, Sucka Free City Local Politics: "Night Cabbie" Emil Lawrence Runs For Mayor

Local Politics: "Night Cabbie" Emil Lawrence Runs For Mayor

A quirk of ranked-choice voting is that the third-place candidate has a chance at winning. That doesn't extend to the candidate ranked 16th of 16, but that's not stopping Emil Lawrence. Lawrence, a 64-year-old S.F. taxi driver and deep-cut mayoral…
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News, The Snitch Phil Bronstein and Jose Antonio Vargas Have a Date at Commonwealth Club

Phil Bronstein and Jose Antonio Vargas Have a Date at Commonwealth Club

It's been nearly two weeks since Jose Antonio Vargas came out of the closet, revealing in the New York Times that he has been living and working as an illegal immigrant in the United States most of his adult life.…
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News, The Snitch Phil Bronstein, <i>Chron</i> Editor, Was "Duped" by Illegal Immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas

Phil Bronstein, Chron Editor, Was "Duped" by Illegal Immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas

Phil Bronstein has many names for Jose Antonio Vargas, the former Chronicle editorial assistant who came out as an illegal immigrant yesterday in the New York Times. Among them are "lawbreaker," "hustler," and finally "friend." The Chron's editor-in-chief seemed more…
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News, The Snitch Phil Bronstein, <i>Chronicle</i> Editor, Discovers MS-13 Trial

Phil Bronstein, Chronicle Editor, Discovers MS-13 Trial

When you're Phil Bronstein, all other members of the media are mere gnats. Perhaps so insignificant as to be rendered invisible.   The Chronicle's editor-at-large writes in his column today about the ongoing federal trial of members of MS-13 --…
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News, The Snitch Mayor Ed Lee, Willie Brown, and Rose Pak Have a Laugh at Dinner

Mayor Ed Lee, Willie Brown, and Rose Pak Have a Laugh at Dinner

For San Francisco's new political triumvirate, the party never stops. On Jan. 6, Rose Pak and Willie Brown gleefully boasted to The Bay Citizen, that they'd orchestrated Ed Lee's selection as San Francisco's interim mayor. "As you know, I live serving my…
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News, The Snitch Chron's Bronstein Lashes Out at New York Times For 'Borrowing' Anecdote -- That His Paper 'Borrowed' Too

Chron's Bronstein Lashes Out at New York Times For 'Borrowing' Anecdote -- That His Paper 'Borrowed' Too

San Francisco Chronicle editor-at-large Phil Bronstein yesterday reminded the Bay Area of a use for newspapers any puppy owner is well aware of when he inaugurated a journalistic pissing contest. It was a move he may soon regret. In what…
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Calendar, Night&Day Still Fit to Print?

Still Fit to Print?

With the App Store, Steve Jobs gave the newspaper industry an innovative way to distribute and charge for their content, similar to what he did for the record industry. The newspaper industry responded with a flash of insight: How about…
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News, The Snitch Phil Bronstein on The Colbert Report: The Engine House is On Fire

Phil Bronstein on The Colbert Report: The Engine House is On Fire

Phil Bronstein, former executive vice president and editor of the Chronicle, now editor at large and newspaper doomsayer, was on The Colbert Report last night. Nothing particularly revelatory was said, which was not a surprise as the quick interviews that…
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News, Sucka Free City <i>Chron</i>'s anniversary surprises

Chron's anniversary surprises

The San Francisco Chronicle is celebrating its 144th year, and says it will have 144 "surprises" for readers. What will some of them be? Here are our predictions. • 144 layoffs • C.W. Nevius is irradiated at a planning committee…
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News, The Snitch Chronicle Editor Ward Bushee Loves the Oldies

Chronicle Editor Ward Bushee Loves the Oldies

By Will HarperListening to Chronicle editor Ward Bushee on KQED's Forum made me nostalgic for Phil Bronstein. The former Mr. Sharon Stone had his faults, but what I liked about him was that he was more than a newspaper…
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Calendar, Night&Day Classified Information

Classified Information

Government agencies often refuse to hand over documents a reporter believes are part of the public record. Common excuses are “personnel information,” “would jeopardize an ongoing investigation,” and “national security." Likely translation: “Would totally embarrass us.” While secrecy is practiced…
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Chron insiders hate Willie Brown's new column

In 2004, apparently unbeknownst to his employers, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Phil Matier cut a deal with Mayor Willie Brown and KRON-TV for a Sunday show to be named Live with Willie and Phil. "For us, that was not a…
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News, Sucka Free City Reader Quiz: Which Willie Brown Quotes Are Stranger Than Fiction?

Reader Quiz: Which Willie Brown Quotes Are Stranger Than Fiction?

Former Assembly speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown just released his memoir, Basic Brown: My Life and Our Times. Try to guess which of the following excerpts are from the colorful Brown's new book. 1. "A contribution buys the…
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News, The Snitch The Do-It-Yourself Ward Bushee Doll from the <em>Arizona Republic</em>

The Do-It-Yourself Ward Bushee Doll from the Arizona Republic

Every newspaper including the SF Chronicle has a dude called the editor in chief who runs the show . After losing millions of dollars per year for, like, the last decade, Chronicle EIC Phil Bronstein is out, and Arizona…
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News, The Snitch Breaking News: Ward H. Bushee Replaces Embattled San Francisco Chronicle EIC Phil Bronstein

Breaking News: Ward H. Bushee Replaces Embattled San Francisco Chronicle EIC Phil Bronstein

UPDATE 10:53 a.m.; 01.25.08: We've just been informed that Ward H. Bushee has been named editor in chief and vice president of the San Francisco Chronicle. As foretold, Bushee comes from Gannett Company, having served as editor in chief of…
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News, The Snitch Butt Plugs, Butt Rape, and Bronstein as Butt of Hearst Joke: SF Weekly 8.15 -- Digested!

Butt Plugs, Butt Rape, and Bronstein as Butt of Hearst Joke: SF Weekly 8.15 -- Digested!

Let's start with the nasty stuff. The butt stuff. Savage Love by Dan Savage answers a female who's boyfriend likes stuff up his butt—really likes it. Some Letters to the Editor take issue with last week's story about a…
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News, Sucka Free City Citizen Bronstein

Citizen Bronstein

Say what you will about San Francisco's daily newspaper of broken record, it never actually started a war with another country. William Randolph Hearst did. Hearst is also known as one of the pioneers of yellow journalism, who would use…
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Gate Keepers

The job cuts — and the going-away parties — at the San Francisco Chronicle appear to be done with for now. Executive Editor Phil Bronstein says things could change, but he's optimistic that the paper has negotiated enough buyouts with…
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