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Is Contra Costa Times Political Editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen Biased?

Note: We will make a very detailed post with background, links and citations, so please bookmark this article and check back soon.

In the meantime, here are our video responses to Lisa Vorderbrueggen’s Sunday, December 20, 2009 article. Her front-page piece named Conservative New Media and CNM founder John D. Villarreal:

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Part 11 – Final

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On Sunday, Dec 20, 2009, the Contra Costa Times (CCT) print edition ran a lengthy front-page-of-the-second-section story which we feel unfairly smeared Conservative New Media (CNM) and its founder, John D. Villarreal. That story was written by CCT political editor Lisa Vorderbrueggen.

CNM had anticipated how Ms Vorderbrueggen would portray us in her piece. We actually had scooped the CCT editor on what we figured was to be her originally-planned story with a series of videos we posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

The video series discussed Robert Beadles‘ affinity for controversial talk radio host Alex Jones. Mr. Beadles, a Republican, is running as a candidate for the United States House of Representatives. He is one of several potential challengers to Democrat Congressman Jerry McNerney in the pending 2010 election for the 11th district of California.

That 5-part video series can be viewed here. If you are short on time, we recommend parts 4 & 5 for a synopsis of the series:

Part 1
http://bit.ly/589sBj

Part 2
http://bit.ly/7H41kt

Part 3
http://bit.ly/6yGDpa

Part 4
http://bit.ly/8OJMD0

Part 5
http://bit.ly/4w7OHh

As we detail in this series of videos, we believe that our advanced derailing of the preferred narrative for her Dec 20 story irked Ms. Vorderbrueggen. Her apparent displeasure, we feel, was borne out in what she ended up writing about CNM in her piece.

Our new, 11-part video series critically examines Ms. Vorderbrueggen present article. It also discusses Ms. Vorderbrueggen’s background as a reporter, as well as some controversies and criticisms which have dogged her over the course of her political reporting career.

The following are links which we either allude to in the new video series or else ones which will provide further information on Ms. Vorderbrueggen and additional background on the present situation between her and CNM.

* The title for the print version of Lisa Vorderbrueggen’s Dec. 20, 2009 page A-19 (front page of the ‘East Bay & Bay Area’ section of the Contra Costa Times) article was “Anonymous Blog Sniper Comes Clean.” This is the article in which Ms. Vorderbrueggen mentions CNM and John D. Villarreal.

The online version of Ms. Vorderbrueggen’s piece is now available. The title has been changed to “Blog sniper turns out to be CD11 campaign consultant.” It can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/4zkowl

* Purportedly objective CCT political editor and reporter Lisa Vorderbrueggen is a “fan” of candidate Robert Beadles on Beadles’ Facebook page:
http://bit.ly/69l9y9

* Lisa Vorderbrueggen called out for allegedly being biased towards Democrats, and specifically towards certain Democrats over others in the recent California CD-10 race to replace Congresswoman Ellen Taucher:

http://www.fogcityjournal.com/wordpress/2009/04/06/an-ear-inside-replacing-congresswoman-tauscher-of-california/

* Lisa Vorderbrueggen’s colleague was taken to task by, of all sources, MSNBC for giving money to the Democratic National Committee. MSNBC didn’t see anything wrong with the donation and, according to the quote, apparently there is no policy against such partisan donation-giving at Vorderbrueggen’s employer, the Contra Costa Times:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19113455/ns/politics/#Taylor

* It appears that even the CC Times’ readers perceive the publication as biased. On the paper’s own site, this comment thread of Times perusers upbraids the periodical for its stilted coverage:

http://bit.ly/56tZOP

In fact, at least one reader felt so strongly about what he or she believes are the Times’ partisan leanings that there is now an entire blog devoted to monitoring and answering the supposed liberal bias found in the Contra Costa Times. Of course, this is a group of anonymous blogger(s) that Lisa Vorderbrueggen can’t assail by name and who are trying to act as watchdog(s)/whistle-blower(s). This may account for some of her apparent dislike of anonymous bloggers:

http://www.cctimeswatch.com/

* “Lisa Vorderbrueggen to address Coco Taxpayers luncheon, Nov 30″ (2007)
http://bit.ly/4voE9A

Was Ms. Vorderbrueggen paid to address the Contra Costa County Taxpayers Association? If so, by whom? Was the event partisan? If Ms. Vorderbrueggen was paid for her appearance, how might this have affected her remarks?

* Why did none of the following, or similar, information appear in Vorderbrueggen’s article about Conservative New Media? These pieces show that the practice criticized by Lisa Vorderbrueggen — being surreptitiously paid or volunteering to provide a particular point of view on the internet, anonymously or otherwise — is widespread on the political left and, indeed, on the largest blog (Daily Kos, a far-left site) in the political space. In fact, Lisa never mentions anyone on the left engaging this practice, which gives the wholly false impression that this phenomenon is confined to the right. Ha ha, the left invented it! Truth be told, the left practically owns the internet and new media, which is why we founded CNM.

“Blogging for Dollars” — Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuniga paid by Howard Dean campaign in order to induce Zuniga to write and say favorable things about Howard Dean

http://bit.ly/61cPTm

“Jane Hamsher: Friend or Foe” — Bloggers “slinkerwink” and “nyceve” paid by liberal Firedoglake site to post on Daily Kos

http://bit.ly/8EAzpw

“Confessions of an Obama Paid Blogger” — …

http://bit.ly/4xaNEn

(article about ‘turfers; and get an article about volunteer turfers)

Use Patterico’s form letter on OFA for volunteer turfers stuff

Use Ellie Light stuff for turfers, at highest levels of Dem govt

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Further, as…(and GOP C wasnt paid to do this; what he said was true)

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LV interviewed after St. Marys Debate (8.11.09)
http://bit.ly/7IEty0

(misidentifies guy; calls Lt Gov [who won] “Mr. Geramandi,” not Lt Gov.; DeSaulnier glowing intro. 2 instances of apparent bias)

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Newspaper Death Watch
http://bit.ly/4H5E

CC Times circulation down 3.3%
http://bit.ly/67joRX

Job cuts & furloughs for CC Times
http://bit.ly/kBRxW

CC Time’s owner in financial trouble
http://bit.ly/ZRLRP

[To be continued soon...]

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Add all new stuff about “Ellie Light,” etc.

What the heck?!? Why Is Barack Obama Giving a “Shout Out” when Addressing Fort Hood Tragedy?

This is, at best, incredibly insensitive and disrespectful.

It takes Barack Obama something like 2 minutes to even address the massacre at Fort Hood. And before he does so, he gives a “shout out” to one of the attendees of a White House conference. See for yourself:

THE FOLLOWING VIDEO IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Barack Obama has now had his own “My Pet Goat” moment, and no “Beer Summit” is going to make this go away.

Please leave your own comments on this incident.

Paul F. Villarreal