But while on the subject of how the media outlets cover themselves, he notes that his former paper left out some facts when it reported that its previous publisher, George Riggs (right), was named executive of the year by the California Press Association. Kava writes:
- "The guy's paper lost a third of its circulation, and its deputy managing editor says the community hates it because it has no personality ... but he wins a big award and no one questions it or raises any irony in the story covering the award. You know they would if this were some other industry patting itself on the back.
"That's one reason bloggers are getting so much more powerful. They can ask: how did they give this award out? Random drawing?"
Riggs said he was surprised to get the California Press Association award, joking that "this must have been a year with a dearth of candidates. But in all seriousness, recognition like this is very special."