What appeared on the top left hand column of the Chron Wednesday morning was "not a news story at all, but an unbylined 'report.' It is, in fact, just a rewritten press release from Hearst management," Johnston wrote.
- Not one word makes it into the paper from Chronicle unions, whose contracts Hearst CEO Frank Bennack wants to “quickly” rewrite with “significant” concessions under threat of closing the newspaper.
Not one word from others with an interest in whether the Chronicle dies after 144 years—say, interviews with the mayor, city supervisors, major advertisers, political scientists, or perhaps just a few scattered longtime readers. ...
Presenting management publicity as news destroys respect among readers and diminishes the value of the brand. The issue is not that Hearst may need to rewrite its deals with the Newspaper Guild and the Teamsters, but that editor Ward Bushee let flackery pose as news without even a passing mention that there was more than one side to this story.