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OMG, the New The Bold Italic is Here! – A Statement from the New Owners

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Here it is:


Let’s take a look:

“built a great brand over the course of several years.”

Great? Mmmm… Take a look here at the now-defunct Gannett Blog. What TBI was was a way for a Fortune 500 media company to spend millions upon millions on an experiment, one that didn’t work out. Any chance at sustainability was squandered on highly-paid design consultants and also squandered on the crushing rent burden of an expensive reclaimed wood clubhouse betwixt the gritty Twitterloin and trendy Hayes Valley. So, a great tax write-off for Gannett Co, Inc? YES. But a “great brand?” NO.

“we were surprised that TBI was shutting down”

Well, you shouldn’t have been. It was nice that a DC-area corporation could pay people money in SF, but the whole shebang wasn’t real, it wasn’t sustainable.

One of the reasons people love TBI is its focus on the authenticity of the San Francisco experience…” 

Objection, Your Honor – this clause assumes facts not in evidence. At least they aren’t evident to me. Sorry, but I gots to keep it real, I gots to be authentic.


Oh. I think we hit Peak World Class about a half-decade back, just saying. And even back then, I wouldn’t apply that phrase to this Curate’s egg of a website.

Having said all that, bygones. Some are optimistic while others are skeptical, to say the least, but let’s see how The New Bold Italic does.

After all, we all deserve a chance at a new start*…


*Including The Sans Serif…**

**But is this a new start? “Great article from on whether the article about “The Really Big One” was credible” Did I miss something? It seemed pretty credible to me…

Evidence Supporting the Rumors that Kristine Shine is No Longer President of SFGate / the San Francisco Chronicle – An HTML Clue

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Here you go – where’s the name “Shine, Kristine – President” here at Newsroom Contacts?

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Did somebody go in and simply delete Kristine’s entry within the past couple weeks and that’s why there’s a tell-tale glitch in the spacing betwixt entries?

It sure looks that way to me. WE’RE THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, PEOPLE!*

Here’s the coding that should be in there:

<br /><p class=”email“><a href=”/web/20150713173819/“>Shine, Kristine</a><br />President<br /><a href=”“></a></p>

If only we could go back to see what the Newsroom Contacts page looked like a couple weeks ago.

Oh, here we go:

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And this webpage here has been disappeared down the Memory Hole as well:

Here’s what that page said just a few days back:

“This is Google’s cache of It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on Jul 17, 2015 11:47:36 GMT:

“About this Author: Kristine Shine is the president of the San Francisco Chronicle and, the Bay Area’s most-read sources of local and national news, reaching 22 million users around the world each month. Prior to this role, Shine served as chief revenue officer at PopSugar– a leading digital lifestyle brand for women. In her time at PopSugar, Shine also served as vice president of sales from 2008 to 2010, developing PopSugar’s go-to-market and sales strategy and delivering high double-digit revenue growth year after year. Prior to PopSugar, Shine served as vice president of sales at Spot Runner in 2008, and as director of sales for Microsoft from 2004 to 2008. Previously, she held online and print sales positions at BusinessWeek, and began her career in print advertising at Icon International.”

So, as stated, that’s evidence to support the recent rumors.

Oh what’s that, Gentle Reader – so what, you say?

All right, but news of her hiring last year was a BFD, right?

Hearst Corporation Names Kristine Shine President of San Francisco Chronicle

And then she birthed the NEW SFGate, right?

Welcome to the new SFGate!

And then, a friendly, BOLD ITALIC-style appeal to local bidness:

Join SFGate for #LoveLocalSF celebration

And now she’s gone?

Isn’t this news, sort of?

But no? No coverage at all?

OK fine.

Hey, didn’t troubled former Interim CEO Ellen Pao make the news when she left Reddit just recently? Seems like they had similar gigs – the turning of clicks into bucks.

Anyway, who knows what’s going on.

Just asking…

*From Oliver Stone’s abysmal JFK conspiracy film. If you want a dose of reality, check out Case Closed from local UC Hastings Law grad Gerald Posner

The Difference Betwixt SFGate and the San Francisco Chronicle: The Use of the Word IRREGARDLESS

Thursday, July 30th, 2015


(At the San Francisco Chronicle: NOT ALLOWED, AFAICS.)

For ex, here’s today’s SFGate:

Irregardless, Dr. Tat recognizes a needle stick injury causes parents worry and anxiety. “The times that I’ve seen it, parents’ feelings have …

On It Goes…

The Large, Wasteful, Obsolete, Expensive “PedMount” News Boxes of the Streets of San Francisco – Aesthetics vs. Our 1st Amendment

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Does SFGov tax newspapers to run these green monsters?

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Yes. Yes it does.

Mayor Willie Brown didn’t like this, so now we have this.

Most of these green boxes are empty most of the time.

Every so often, people come by to clean the big, green mostly-empty-all-the-time Pedmounts by illegally parking in bus zones, or simply double parking. The workers need to scan a barcode inside the Pedmounts to prove that they actually visited, cause, you know, it’s hard to actually tell what good they’re doing.

These Pedmounts were a bad idea from the beginning and they’re an even worser idea now, in this day and age. (We also have to pay for them by having all these giant 17-foot-tall ads on sidewalks.)

Oh well.

Gadfly Blogger Michael Petrelis Deftly Makes USF Look Stupid on the Bill Cosby Commencement Address / Rape Issue

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Here you go:

USF Scrubs Bill Cosby Page & Makes Statement on Degree

You see, back last year:

“The university was waiting for facts to be established by a court of law before undertaking any action.”

Man, that’s an absurdly high standard, in’nt? It’s like a Mayor Willie Brown standard, right?

Oh, here’s USF’s latest – a newer/better standard:

‘”The volume and nature of these allegations are deeply disturbing, and the University of San Francisco (USF) takes sexual assault seriously. USF leaders are closely monitoring the legal developments surrounding Mr. Cosby to determine the proper next steps regarding his honorary degree.'”

Ah, there we go.

But what’s this?

“In recent days, Noah Zimmerman, an alumnus of USF, unhappy with his alma mater’s association with Cosby, alerted me to the scrubbing of the communications office’s page containing a news release about Cosby receiving the honorary degree.”

So USF, you keep the webpage up but you delete its text?

I’ll tell you, in all my years, I aint never seen this kind of thing.

In the words of Petrelis:

“Quite odd to delete the body of the page but leave the headline intact.”


Oh, here’s the former text, right here, and what the Heck, after the jump as well.

Let’s see, how to close. Take it away, Mike:

“Meanwhile, it was time yesterday for USF to find its spine on their relationship with Cosby and finally take full and substantive stand on the allegations and such piling up against him. Two terse statements in eight months just don’t cut it.”



San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate Rumor Patrol: President Kristine Shine is No Longer President

Monday, July 27th, 2015

(As with Reddit, making money off of online viewers is HARD.)

That’s all I know.*

Kristine Shine

President at San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Bay Area
Online Media


Spot Runner,
Microsoft – MSN


Marist College”

From 2014:

Kristine Shine named president of Chronicle and SFGate

*Well, there’s this – an obsession with wringing money out of millennials / Generation Y

It’s a Book Club and We’re All Invited! David Talbot’s “Season of the Witch” Selected as 11th Annual “One City One Book”

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

JFK assassination conspiracy theorist David Talbot is being honored with this year’s OCOB:

David Talbot’s Season of the Witch Selected as 11th Annual “One City One Book

San Francisco Public Library is thrilled to announce that the 11th Annual One City One Book selection is David Talbot’s Season of the Witch, an extraordinary telling of the colorful and often dark history of San Francisco from 1967 to 1982.

Library bookshelves will be stocked with fresh copies of Season of the Witch in September – or, read it over the summer and be ready for all the fun events happening this fall! Citywide programming will take place throughout September and October.

Mr. Talbot will be making multiple appearances in the fall, including readings, discussion panels, school visits and more.  In addition, there will be tours, book discussions and other presentations, with our program partners.  Please watch the complete program schedule, available in September.

From the early days of the Summer of Love in the Haight, through years of murder and mayhem, the city evolved.  Through extensive research and personal interviews, Talbot captures a 15-year history never before told in this level of detail.  The stories lend themselves to opportunities to revisit this history through exhibits, music, politics and more.

One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and, most importantly, the discussion of one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society.

Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors, including Green Apple Books, Green Arcade Books, Books Inc., California Historical Society, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, San Francisco History Center and more.

For updates and more information, please visit: or Twitter @OneCityOneBook and #ocobsf15 or call (415) 557-4277.

About the Author:

David Talbot is an author, journalist, and media producer; and now, a publisher. 

He is co-founder of Salon magazine, and former editor of Image and Mother Jones magazines.  He has written forTime magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and other publications.  In addition to Season of the Witch, he is author of Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years and Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America.

The Departure of Weathergirl Christina Loren from KNTV NBC San Jose is Upsetting a LOT of People

Friday, May 29th, 2015

[UPDATE: If you want updates on Christina, as thousands of you do, apparently, click on over to this Christina Loren page at RICH LIEBERMAN 415 MEDIA to get all the deets – he keeps up with things, to say the least.]

I’ll tell you, the only time I’ve watched NBC the past decade is at a few Super Bowl parties, the ones I can’t/couldn’t host myself because … NBC monopolizes the Super Bowl every three years, like clockwork, and I live in the center of Frisco with only a rabbit ear antenna to catch glimpses of the vast TV wasteland.

Anywho, I don’t know why tens of thousands have visited this tiny WordPress looking for info about Christina “Loren” recently – I suppose they’re just discovering the news of her recent departure from KNTV?

Here’s a snapshot of the Search Engine Terms people use to get to this site in order of popularity, currently. See? Like, “WHAT HAPPENED TO CHRISTINA LOREN” ‘n stuff like that:


Here’s an old post – it’s gotten hundreds of comments over the years, including a few from Christina’s household itself/Christina herself (I can’t narrow it down), if you can believe that, you generally “unkempt” Bay Area women, you “haters” both male and female.

Now I’ll tell you, whatever you say about Christina “Loren,” you can’t say she wouldn’t immediately boost the ratings of any Bay Area Station what hired her, when and if that’s possible…

Leaving you with a thumbnail of the most epic animated gif ever:

So Sure, We’ve Lost a Few News Publications the Past Few Years, But Comes Now “ACADEMY ART U” Newspaper to Ease the Pain

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Volume 2 is at newsstands now. 28 pages. Price: FREE

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So when you have money and not as much respect, this is what you do…

UC Berkeley Prof Lydia Chavez Threatens to Shut Down Mission Local by June 1st Unless Shes Gets Money from Readers, Bidnesses?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

[UPDATE: The graphic you can see below has been replaced, with this:

“Like Mission Local? So do we. But we can’t keep producing it for free. Unless we get 500 new members by June 1, we will have to close. That means you will no longer get original, amazing and timely articles, photographs and videos about your community. So act now!”
So, all that offensive stuff got deleted? Good.]

This here is pretty much all I know about Mission Local which has gotten a lot of funding from UC Berkeley over the years.

And here’s the current threat to shut down, from Founder and Managing Editor Lydia Chavez – it’s called 31 Days of Mission Local:

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So let’s see here, try a Norelco shaver or a delightful bed from (save $100 now!) for just a month and it will, how do we say, transform your life? OK fine! So is Prof Chavez hectoring me here? I need to “care more?” I need to become a “better neighbor?” Whoo boy.

Now the first graf here, who and what is university-degree’d-up LC taking aim at here? I’m thinking it’s directed at SFist and people like college degree-less Eve Batey, who also tried to make a go of things, back in the aughts. What a contrast. (If Lydia could link to examples of what she’s talking about, that could help her readers. Perhaps she could take the time to do that the next time she comes down to visit us from the penthouse in her ivory tower.)

And what’s this, Lydia Chavez thinks I’m naive to not pay money for news? I think she does.

And then this earnest, earnest, ever-so-earnest journalistic crusader is going to talk about her “sense of humor?” What?

And then comes the punchline of her ransom note – it’s give me money or else.


And she offers “business memberships?” IDK, seems that kind of thing might come with a bit of baggage, huh?

And IDK, until I saw all this hectoring, I never had an unfavorable impression of the ML.

An alternative would be to simply announce that you all are shutting down and then wait for the reaction? You’d get attention from the MSM and some thought pieces about you and The Bay Citizen (and the like) and whathaveyou and, through that process, maybe you’d end up with some monetary support as well.