Is the SFPUC Trying to Buy Off the Ocean Beach Bulletin Blog to Promote the “Sunset Greenway Project?” Sure Looks That Way

Take a look.

Kind of reminds me of this outfit, which ended up losing relevance after taking money from the SFMTA.

Is this the kind of thing they call co-option?

(I’ll tell you, I’m the only bay area entity I know that turned down an ad money offer from horrible, horrible PG&E. (Can the San Francisco Bay Guardian say that? No. They’ve done at least one ad deal with PG&E. At the time I thought to myself, “Isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think?”)

As always, JMO.

And for every person who voices an opinion like this, there are ten or a hundred who think exactly the same thing but, they’re, you know, too polite to say anything.

I mean, why not say, “We have a contract with the PUC to promote this project” right on the top of the page?

Something to think about…

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2 Responses to “Is the SFPUC Trying to Buy Off the Ocean Beach Bulletin Blog to Promote the “Sunset Greenway Project?” Sure Looks That Way”

  1. Tom Prete says:

    Did an anonymous blog really just falsely accuse a local journalism organization of an ethical problem *without even bothering to contact that organization about it*? Yes, it did. Is this the kind of thing they call B.S.? Something to think about. Whoever SF Citizen is can call me any time at 415-742-1622 to talk about it, or email tom@oceanbeachbulletin.com. I (and by extension, the Ocean Beach Bulletin, as long as I run it) have never and will never make decisions about what stories to run or what they say based on advertising. Perhaps our readers would have been better served by pretending the SFPUC project that will change the appearance and function of one of the most important streets in our area doesn’t exist, simply because they paid for an advertisement? Absurd.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    I’m talking about what it _looks_ like.

    If it looks that way to me, as an objective outside observer, don’t you think it might look that way to others as well? Don’t you care about that? Don’t you want to know about that?

    Or how about putting “Sponsored Post” up at the top, the way other blogs do?

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