POLITICS/MEDIA (South Bay/Los Angeles): More info/details, Carson, City Hall unhappiness with local newspaper, proposed boycott: "Carson officials slam Daily Breeze, but back off planned boycott" ....
***Following up on earlier item noted here (Carson, City Hall unhappiness with local newspaper Daily Breeze, introduction of resolution proposing boycott)....
* Daily Breeze: "Carson officials slam Daily Breeze, but back off planned boycott" - From the DB:
Carson Mayor Jim Dear and Councilman Al Robles blasted the Daily Breeze this week for what they contend is negative and inaccurate reporting of the city but backed off a resolution urging the city to pull its advertising and residents and businesses to boycott the newspaper.
During its regular meeting Tuesday, the two accused the Breeze of portraying Carson in a “negative” light, routinely fabricating news reports based on gossip, and publishing letters to the editor from people they don’t like. Robles accused the paper of casting “aspersions on our great city” and publishing news stories designed to reflect poorly on Carson. “They’re very negative to the city of Carson,” Dear said. “I am a very strong supporter of the First Amendment. I believe people should be able to say whatever they want as long as it doesn’t cause a crime or a violent act to take place.”
Though Dear offered mostly generalizations about how the city has been wronged by the Breeze, Robles took the paper to task for using the phrases “near Carson” and “West Carson” to describe events that occur in the unincorporated Los Angeles County strip bordering the city. Most residents of West Carson have Torrance mailing addresses even though they do not live in Torrance.
Robles claimed only the Daily Breeze uses the term West Carson, when, in fact, that is the official government census tract designation of the area of 22,000 residents sandwiched between Carson and Los Angeles’ Harbor Gateway.
Robles proposed the resolution urging the city to not spend advertising money with the Daily Breeze and not to subscribe to the newspaper. Additionally. . . . . . . .
Several residents questioned the wisdom of the city trying to stifle a constitutionally protected free press. “I don’t understand why this item is on the agenda,” resident Faye Walton said. “This seems like a boycott on the Daily Breeze, and I didn’t know the city of Carson was in the business of telling citizens what to boycott.”
Executive Editor Michael Anastasi wrote a letter to Carson officials in response to the proposed boycott, calling it “interesting” that the city’s resolution immediately followed a news article published about .....................