Saturday, March 10, 2007

Times Standard in bed with the activists w/two updates

This explains alot...

Don't pretend "Humboldt Watershed Council" is an unbiased legitimate public service organization. "Humboldt Watershed Council" is nothing more than the latest, most effective manifestation of Ken Miller's jihadist crusade against Palco/Hurwitz/Maxxam. It's one thing for John Driscoll to have a source. It is entirely another thing entirely for him to be in bed with the group, to be used as a propaganda tool in Mark Lovelace's full-court-press mission to seize full advantage in the face of the Palco Chapter 11 filing.

This allows Mark Lovelace to control the spin, put his own self-serving context around every detail of the reporting. It allows him to irrevocably influence public perception and opinion, to "control the debate." It is an unforgivable breach of journalistic ethics, and an incredible disservice to the readers who trust the Times Standard to present them with factual unbiased information.

The only equivalent would be if Driscoll was sitting in Maxxam's corporate offices with Palco's lawyers and reporting through their prism.

If the Times Standard is going to embed a reporter with the activist attack group, they should also embed a reporter with Palco, and put Lovelace's spin on the opinion pages where it belongs.

There's no excuse for this.

Times-Standard violates media ethics
3/9/2007

Part of a newspaper’s role is to be held accountable by itself, its readers and other media. When a newspaper oversteps ethical boundaries, it is essential that it be pointed out.

Case in point: Reporter John Driscoll of the Times-Standard has been writing stories about Pacific Lumber Co.’s bankruptcy proceedings based on a telephonic conference call from Texas that is reportedly being paid for by Mark Lovelace, president of the Humboldt Watershed Council. Lovelace invited Driscoll to the Humboldt Area Foundation, where the telephone conference call has been heard by Driscoll.

Neither the Times-Standard nor Driscoll have acknowledged this gift publicly. And it is a gift. At $6 every 15 minutes, the all-day proceedings easily add up to hundreds of dollars.

The Eureka Reporter is paying for its own conference call tie-in, and it was not invited to HAF by Lovelace.

And this is not sour grapes. We were offered a similar opportunity to listen in to the conference call by a local attorney who has been a litigant against PALCO. We declined on ethical grounds.

The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics states reporters should “avoid conflicts of interest — real or perceived.”

At the very least, Driscoll’s actions represent a perceived conflict of interest.

The SPJ states reporters should “remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.”

Listening to a contested bankruptcy hearing on a telephone conference call paid for by Lovelace violates the spirit if not the substance of remaining “free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.”

Journalists should “refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment … if they compromise journalistic integrity,” according to the SPJ.

As we said, at $6 every 15 minutes, the Times-Standard and Driscoll are receiving a significant financial subsidy. We are amazed that Driscoll didn’t see a problem with his actions, once the issue was brought to his attention by The Eureka Reporter.

Additionally, with this revelation, how can Driscoll claim that he is objective in covering environmental issues? It calls into question his entire history of reporting on PALCO-related issues.

When news media overstep their boundaries, it sullies all journalists, and that is why we are drawing attention to this lapse by the Times-Standard and Driscoll. The SPJ states that media should “expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media (and) abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.”

We hope the Times-Standard and Driscoll can learn from this mistake and change direction.

(Editor’s note: The full SPJ Code of Ethics is available online at the Society of Professional Journalists.)
Copyright (C) 2005, The Eureka Reporter. All rights reserved.
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More on that Code of Ethics:
Act Independently
Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public's right to know.

Journalists should:

Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.
Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.
— Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
— Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.
— Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.
— Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news.

Be Accountable
Journalists are accountable to their readers, listeners, viewers and each other.

Journalists should:

— Clarify and explain news coverage and invite dialogue with the public over journalistic conduct.
— Encourage the public to voice grievances against the news media.
Admit mistakes and correct them promptly.
Expose unethical practices of journalists and the news media.
— Abide by the same high standards to which they hold others.
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Discussion on Fred's, buhne, eric, and heraldo
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Nathan Rushton on the Bankruptcy teleconference disruption

From heraldo's blog:
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Mark Lovelace Responds to Eureka Reporter
Humboldt Watershed Council president Mark Lovelace responds to Eureka Reporter accusations of ethics breach.
Glenn Franco Simmons
Nathan Rushton
The Eureka Reporter
215 4th Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Re: CourtCall and Journalistic Ethics

Dear Glenn and Nathan,

I was surprised to read your editorial on Saturday, regarding the apparently egregious breach of journalistic ethics posed by the presence of the Times-Standard’s John Driscoll at a ‘listening session’ for the Pacific Lumber bankruptcy hearings. I had spoken to Nathan about the arrangement on Thursday, but he expressed no ethical indignation about the issue. Rather, he merely seemed curious as to why he had not been invited too.

I explained to Nathan that the invitation to John Driscoll arose out of conversation in the course of John’s constant, in-depth coverage of the PL story. I would likely have invited Nathan, too, had he and I spoken, but such conversation was hampered by the Eureka Reporter’s relative absence on this critically important story. I was certainly pleased to hear that the Reporter was planning to step up its coverage, and I assured Nathan that he would be welcome to join us in any future listening sessions. In fairness, Nathan reflected much of this in his own column on Sunday.

The Times-Standard and the North Coast Journal have both written some excellent investigative reports on the details of this case while, so far, the Reporter has merely relayed the days events. With this editorial, the Eureka Reporter seems to have chosen to investigate the investigators, rather to investigate the story itself. Even in that the Reporter has erred, getting two critical facts wrong.

For one, the cost of the CourtCall service was paid by the Redwood Forest Foundation Inc, not HWC, though I did make the arrangements. Thus the assertion that this was in some way a ‘gift’ from the Humboldt Watershed Council is simply incorrect.

For two, neither the Humboldt Watershed Council, nor RFFI, nor anyone else in the room was a party to these proceedings. We were on a ‘listen only’ line because we were not participants, but rather observers, as would be any other member of the general public. This is fundamentally different from listening-in with Palco, or with an attorney for one of the parties.

Though HWC is not a party, we do have a deep interest in the outcome of this process, as should anyone in Humboldt County . The bankruptcy of Pacific Lumber Company is a huge story, and how this issue is resolved will have a significant impact on Humboldt County’s future. Through this process, we have the opportunity to finally put 22 years of division and culture war behind us, and to focus on developing a truly sustainable Pacific Lumber Company that our community can once again be proud of.

Organizing this CourtCall listening session was a part of HWC’s ongoing efforts to make this bankruptcy process as accessible and understandable as possible to the broader Humboldt County community. That same goal was the reason that HWC and others sponsored the Bankruptcy 101 workshop, which was attended by over 100 PL workers, retirees, their families and other members of the Fortuna and Rio Dell communities. It must be pointed out that the Eureka Reporter neither attended nor reported on that workshop.

For weeks I have been working to arrange a venue where anyone in Humboldt County could listen in to the bankruptcy proceedings. I have been in touch with the folks at CourtCall to try to arrange for the hearings to be streamed live on the web, which is something they have never done before. I have explored arrangements to provide a public listening venue in Fortuna. Significantly, I also provided Nathan with the necessary information on how to sign up for the CourtCall service.

What is particularly disappointing to me is that I had spent a significant part of my day Friday working on establishing a better, more public listening venue, and I believe that I have finally been able to make an arrangement that would allow any member of the public to join in. I spoke to both John Driscoll and Hank Sims about their respective papers’ interest in helping to fund this effort along with the Humboldt Watershed Council and others. I called Nathan on Friday and left him a message asking if the Eureka Reporter would like to join in this group effort, too. How disappointing, then, to read the Reporter’s divisive editorial the very next morning.

It is in everyone’s interest to work together, to share information, and to focus on providing a service to our community. I hope that the Eureka Reporter’s inaccurate and divisive editorial hasn’t soured the various partners who would be necessary to make this public service possible.

Sincerely,

Mark Lovelace, President
Humboldt Watershed Council
# posted by Heraldo @ 8:59 AM

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does Driscoll know who was paying the bill?

Rose said...

Knowing that would mean he knows where "Humboldt Watershed Council" gets its money, knows whether or not Mark Lovelace is paid for his dedicated service, and knows the amount, extent and source of those funds.

Does he know the source of the information and analysis that goes into "Humboldt Watershed Council's" talking points, and would he be able to identify which are talking points and spin and which are facts?

Heraldo said...

Don't go crashing into any buildings, Rose.

Is Hank in bed with them, too?

Congratulations on ignoring the plethora of facts that support the conclusion that Maxxam purposely drove Pacific Lumber into bankruptcy. Heaven forbid you might have to agree with someone who voted for Gallegos.

Anonymous said...

Rose:

Have you done a piece on who and what the "Humboldt Watershed Council" is and who pays it's bills? If so, can you post a link?

Anonymous said...

Why does Mark Lovelace have such a hard on for PL?

mresquan said...

Why are there people who defend Hurwitz's raping of the community?At least Lovelace has the decency to keep it in his pants.

Steve Lewis said...

Who raped the community? Hurwitz? How so? By cutting trees and giving Humboldt timber industry workers good paying jobs for over 20 years?

When the smoke and mirrors are gone the real environmental raping going on has been done by our beloved homestead subdivision developers, one especially, but because homesteaders help fund Lovelace and Miller's HWC, they are true hypocrites and don't say a word about these watershed damagers. It's always about Palco.

Anonymous said...

whackie-tabacie or cashish under the table,little lord loveless ain't doing this for free hurwitz is a capitalist so's l.l.l. but which one is the phony

Anonymous said...

Isn't Heraldo Larry Glass?

Carol said...

No, Heraldo is definately NOT Larry Glass.

Anonymous said...

And we can believe it just because you said it Carol. How about some facts, just the facts ma'am.

Anonymous said...

and definately is actually spelled "definitely."

Carol said...

Thanks for the spell-checker. Larry is a friend of ours. He may look at the blogs, but he does not have a blog of his own.

Anonymous said...

so we should just take your word on that one?

Anonymous said...

Yes Rose.

Rose said...

You're back, I see.

Anonymous said...

dear 4:06 - I am not Rose, but thanks for the compliment.

Sincerely
3:51

ps - Richard, go back under your rock.

Anonymous said...

Nice cut and paste Rose. You are such an awesome "reporter."

Rose said...

Never said I was, Richard.

Rose said...

It's pretty obvious the new talking points include "healing the 22 years of division" as if Ken Miller and "Humboldt Watershed Council" weren't part and parcel to creating that division. Why the tremendous inference in standing guard over the soon-to-be corpse? Why the full court press appearances on every radio station and in every media publication Mark can get in front of?

What's the agenda? The "Transition Mission."

Anonymous said...

I think we need a coroner's inquest for Palco!

Steve Lewis said...

Posted on Heraldo's and appropriate here:

Nothing changes. Lovelace and HWC tried to influence the media;s coverage of the Palco bankruptcy and it worked with the Times-Standard and Northcoast Journal but the Eureka Reporter wasn't buying into it and now Lovelace is back-filling with damage control spin on E.R.s non-participation in media influencing.

Ken Miller, Mark Lovelace, Humboldt Watershed Council, these are not neutral observers at all but a political action committee and serious Leftist pols mascarading as an environmental protection organization. Their record speaks for itself on where HWC interests lie in Palco proceedings and it never was with Palco workers but anyone they could get to back up their lawsuits against Palco. It's the same thing with HWC and our local newspapers--they work cooperatively with the two papers that politically support them and not cooperatively with the E.R. that is politically opposed to them.

Anonymous said...

Seems that the only fact they got wrong was that it was another org paying for the call...Redwood Forest Foundation Inc.

So doesn't the original point remain
though? Who exactly is the

"Redwood Forest Foundation Inc"

A quote their website:

RFFI's purpose is to acquire, protect, restore and manage forestlands for the long-term public benefit of the region's citizens.

Not saying that it isnt a noble or good purpose, but its the same point as if were HWC.

Keep Spinning Heraldo...

Anonymous said...

don´t mean to be rude but, ken miller is just an asshole with no life

Anonymous said...

a vociferous little man, peeing on bigger dog's trees

Anonymous said...

Wow. Never been here before. Now I know where the real drivel is. I am amazed at all the personal attacks on perfectly decent people.

Anonymous said...

Wow,bet you've been here befor. Your drivel is to familiar

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. ROSE

Rose said...

You've caused enough trouble.

Anonymous said...

Richard - bad dog....back under your rock - now!

Anon.R.mous said...

Looks like there is a party over here!