In a fun twist of irony, the Oakland Tribune newspaper is attempting to quash the freedom of speech of another local news outlet, with a cease and desist order sent earlier this week.
According to writers at the newly established activist paper, the Occupy Oakland Tribune, the other Tribune is demanding the smaller news outlet disable its content and stop using the word "Tribune" in its name, saying it "tarnishes and diminishes the value" of the city's flagship paper.
The Occupy Oakland Tribune started in November, a few days before the Occupy Oakland movement held a general strike where thousands of protesters filled the streets and shut down banks and the Port of Oakland. With only a few hundred daily readers, the online and print newspaper covers the Occupy Movement and pens commentary on activism, cultural issues, and the mainstream media. To date, it's printed two editions.
But the Trib's obvious threat by the amateur new outlet should perhaps be viewed as nothing more than a sad commentary on the declining state of print media. Is the Trib really that worried about losing more subscribers?
The Occupy Trib isn't concerned about it. Taking a lesson from the Occupy Movement itself, Occupy Oakland Tribune writers happily told BANG executives where they could shove their daily news.