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News-Press Unionizes, Barney Calls Bullshit

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Why are we covering the Santa Barbara News-Press meltdown when State & De La Guerra is an easy 90 miles away from Staples Center?

Two reasons:

1) it's juicy, crazy, interesting, dramatic, mind-blowing, and semi-local

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2) the Miss Universe pageant STILL hasn't written us back

Today, long-time News-Press columnist Barney Brantingham not only explained why he resigned from such a cush gig after 46 years, but called bullshit on this myth that the News-Press is as old as it is -- and he did it in a column he wrote in the Independent.

And while we’re setting straight the record, let’s point out that the News-Press’s front-page claim that the paper is in its 151st year is bogus. Since T.M. Storke, my first owner/publisher, didn’t found what became the News-Press until 1901, where did they come up with those other 50 years? And while I’m on the subject of T.M. Storke, let me just say: He was a tough boss, but he could take the heat. No one who ever knew him could imagine that in the middle of a crisis as great as the News-Press currently faces, T.M. Storke would leave the building, let alone fly off on a vacation. He would face the music; he would see the paper though to safety. And why? Because whether you liked Storke or not, whether you agreed with his editorials or not, T.M. Storke was a journalist, a real newspaper man.