RANDY SHAW beyond silly

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Simple as wood… And twice as silly… The BeyondChron.org article penned Monday by editor Randy Shaw… Concluding two of The Gav’s senior staffers are at war

The concept of full disclosure has, this writer thinks, an impertinent quality… But here’s mine…

Shaw made his bones as a Sentinel columnist before launching BeyondChron… This corner would not have learned of Shaw’s site launch had it not been for, oddly enough, Richard Marquez urging Shaw to let this editor know… Marquez, the red book waving, Chris Daly early roommate… I don’t rightly cotton to this man Shaw…

Now, further backdrop… BeyondChron is heralded as filling the accuracy void where the San Francisco Chronicle leaves it… Correcting the Chron, countering it, delivering coverage the Chron is said to intentionally neglect…

Simple As Wood… Shaw lifted quotes verbatim from a Chron story — taking it for granted the quotes are accurate — and concluded the two parties involved are at war… Without asking either party, this corner is told by one party…

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Silly… Shaw epitomizes a silly and insular political belief about the purported power of the press…

The only power of the published word is to lead reader thought during the time a story is read…

That’s it… Particularly in this town — with intelligent and exacting readers — the power of the word ends with the last period…

But jeez, political class inbreders think getting thought into published word actually rises to A Great Matter

Donkey puckey…

Get yourself a glass of water, Shaw… And keep reading the Chronicle…

DEDICATED TO RANDY SHAW AND THE TERTIARY CLASSES

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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