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Monday, May 9, 2011

Phil Bronstein, Chronicle Editor, Discovers MS-13 Trial

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2011 at 4:15 PM

click to enlarge Hey Bronstein, presta atencion!
  • Hey Bronstein, presta atencion!

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 -- Mara Salvatrucha, or "Salvadoran Gang" -- as if he were the lone adventurer at the heart of gangster darkness: "I was virtually alone among the spectators in the cavernous San

Francisco federal courtroom the last few weeks where the MS-13 trial is

taking place."

Maybe the Chronicle should run a clarification, because when SF Weekly sat in on the trial last week, we noticed reporters from the Wall Street Journal and San Francisco Examiner, as well as a phalanx of federal agents, attorney investigators, and court marshals.

Bronstein makes no mention of the various local media outlets -- including his own -- that wrote about the opening of the trial. He fails to refer to SF Weekly's cover story about this very trial last month, accompanied by various blog stories last week. Nor did he reference the fact that the Wall Street Journal has been covering aspects of the case against MS-13's San Francisco clique for months.

Instead, Bronstein has arrived to tell us: "I know what [the MS-13 gangsters] are not. They're not a charming and colorful piece of the neighborhood tapestry, like the murals on Balmy Alley. Presta atencion!"

That means "pay attention" -- like Bronstein does.

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