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It’s clear that New Times editor Ryan Miller doesn’t read his own newspaper.

Ryan has the audacity to come on this award-winning blog and talk about the hard-hitting investigative pieces in New Times under his stewardship. Amazing.

So I scanned the Archives on the New Times web site. Here’s a sampling of Cover Stories that New Times has produced lately:

January 2, 2008: Solar Energy and Carrizo Plain

December 19, 2007: The county black bear population

December 12, 2007: Why so many people on the Central Coast are killing themselves

December 5, 2007: Pirates Cove

October 31, 2007: Surfing on the Central Coast

October 10, 2007: Salute to the Pozo Saloon

October 24, 2007: People who deal in death (Funeral Home operators)

November 27, 2007: The types of weapons carried by local law enforcement

And the current snoozer: Cash from the County. How Would You Spend $26,000

Anyone detect a theme here? There are certainly all legitimate stories, but New Times is the new HopeDance. They’re both preaching to the same audience. That’s why we need UncoveredSLO.com. Blackburn and Velie won’t shy away from controversy like Ryan does.

So how about it, Ryan? How come none of the stories you boast about made it to the cover? If you’re so proud of sticking your nose in Paul Brown’s personal life, for example, how come it wasn’t a cover story?

  1. Anonymous
    January 12, 2008 at 7:00 am

    I’ll grab a copy of New Times if I want to know what movies are playing. That’s about it. Anybody know why the Palm doesn’t advertise in that paper? I thought they used to.

  2. Walter Cronkite
    January 12, 2008 at 8:17 am

    New Times seems to delight in bashing Paul Brown, who is a good and decent man. They made far too much over his divorce and the specious ALLEGATIONS made by his ex. If that’s their idea of journalism, I’m Walter Cronkite.

  3. Don Rickles
    January 13, 2008 at 2:06 am

    I just heard about the New Times cover story for Thursday: Black bears who get lost on their way to the Pozo Saloon and wind up at Pirate’s Cove.

    Where they go BEAR! Get it? Bear at Pirate’s Cove??

    Time for my medication to kick in.

  4. tired of censoring
    January 13, 2008 at 4:50 am

    Well, at least “uncoveredslo” posts ALL comments on their blog!

    At least they will not attempt to sanitize things since they are the owners.

    That is refreshing!

  5. Rich from Paso
    January 13, 2008 at 7:32 am

    New Times didn’t shy away from controversy when they published the recipe for making meth in the comfort of your own home. I have not picked up a copy of that rag since that article hit the stands and will continue my personal boycott of that rag. New Times is a dead publication to me. If the new website actually does responsible journalism,
    i’ll check it out.

  6. Anonymous
    January 13, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Dave makes a lot of references to his “Award Winning” blog. What award(s) did you win, Dave?

    Just curious…

  7. Dave Congalton
    January 13, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    My blog, I’m pleased to say, won the award for “Best Blog” in 2006 from the readers of — wait for it — New Times!

  8. Anonymous
    January 14, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Dave, congrats on your award. Not sure how that happened.

  9. Anonymous
    January 15, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Ones and twos of people actually vote in that reader’s poll. Those who vote ballot stuff for their own business.

  10. Anonymous
    January 15, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Haven’t picked up a New Times since the how to make Meth Article. Am still shocked and offended that was printed. Dave – you are great. Your show always puts a smile on my face

  11. Anonymous
    January 17, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    As for the New Times consumer polls, it is widely known that the votes are skewed heavily to the “left” style of life. So I’m not sure that is saying much.

    I also agree with the former blogger that the ballot boxes are stuffed to accomplish a false victory. Much like Ron Paul supporters are doing.

    Example: In the last Fox News debate they asked viewers to “text vote” for the candidate they though won the debate. Ron Paul was in first place by a huge percentage. After reviewing the votes it was found that a huge majority of Ron Paul’s supporters text’d from their cell phones hundreds of time to skew the vote.

    It is clear to anyone that saw the debate that he was a huge embarrassment and clearly lost the debate. But because of the ballot box “stuffing” it appeared that he won. Just like in New Times voting.

    I would slide that trophy a lil father to the rear of your bookshelf. Like Ron Paul’s vote it means very little in reality.

    Sorry, but that’s my opinion.

  12. Ron from Grover
    January 18, 2008 at 6:10 am

    In partial defense of New Times, while they have backed off from controversial topics (except for “The Shredder”) since their massive mis-handling of the meth story, the topics they do cover are generally covered with a thoroughness that I find admirable when compared to most other media (including the Tribune). They also tend to be a lot more objective in the coverage on these stories (although less so in the editorial dept.) than some of the other commentators here think.

    While they shouldn’t be immune from criticism, I think they surpass all other local media for quality of reporting — but then I haven’t seen the new website yet. I think I’ll do so shortly.

  13. journalist no more
    January 18, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Having done an internship there at the NT, I was tasked with counting the ballots. Most are only filled out partially and it was very obvious to me that ballot stuffing was rampant.

    It was also apparent to me that the only reason for doing the “Best of” was to strong arm the winners into buying “thank you ” ads. It was simply an advertising gimmick. Sort of disappointed me. I thought their purpose was to be a bastion of good journalism. Turned out to be just another sell out.

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