Is Mayor Furey Boycotting the Daily Breeze?

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The Executive Editor and Vice President of Los Angeles News Group, Michael A. Anastasi, has confirmed in an e-mail to me that Mayor Furey met several months ago with Toni Sciacqua, Managing Editor of the Daily Breeze, and requested that local reporter Nick Green be removed from his current position.  According to Anastasi, Mayor Furey then related that if Nick Green was not removed that he would no longer talk to the Daily Breeze.

The Daily Breeze did not remove Nick Green from his post per Furey’s request and it would appear that consistent with his remark the Mayor has not communicated with the local paper.  Apparently, Mayor Furey’s boycott of the Breeze extends back to his election in May as there has been a noticeable absence of any quotes from him in the paper since that time.

DB Reporter Nick Green

DB Reporter Nick Green

The editorial board of the Breeze endorsed Mayor Furey’s rival Tom Brewer in the past election and it is no secret that Furey was not pleased with Nick Green and some of the reporting that occurred during the election.  In one council meeting shortly after the election, speaking in reference to the Daily Breeze, Furey cautioned residents to “consider the source” claiming that the source in question was “generally incorrect.”  He then concluded by stating, “so don’t always believe everything you read.”

This revelation by Anastasi comes just two weeks after Carson City officials also slammed the Daily Breeze stopping just short of passing a proposed resolution calling for a City-wide boycott of the local newspaper.  In response to that action, Anastasi penned an open letter to the Carson City Council in which he stated:

“Accountability reporting and a free press are what distinguish the United States of America from totalitarian regimes around the world, such as China, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Russia. It was so important that the Founding Fathers included it in the United States Constitution. Then, as today, there have been people who have shied away from truth and freedom of information, preferring to operate secretly… While it is unfortunate that Carson may cease being a business client of the Daily Breeze, we will not bow to financial pressure. And, I must admit, I am unsure how a potentially diminished Breeze would benefit Carson residents — although I can certainly see how less scrutiny would benefit politicians who do not want to be transparent in their actions.”

10 comments

  • Torrance Resident

    If the Daily Breeze is really misrepresenting Mayor Furey how would not talking to the media going to solve the issue? How does he get the real story out to his constituency then? Who does he think he is to ask the Daily Breeze to remove one of their employee? Last time I checked the Daily Breeze is its own business entity. This defies the basic freedom of speech principle that made it possible for Mr Furey to become a Mayor in the first place. So the db is misleading and not giving us the correct stories, council provides minimal answers during Oral Communication, how are we supposed to hear the truth? There should be no issue if we have nothing to hide !!!

    • Anonymous

      He gets his message and the truth out through other newspapers. What’s the point of telling the Daily Breeze when all they do is misquote him and attack him, and they never report anything positive. Lomita won’t talk to them. Carson won’t talk to them. Hawthorne is about to to black them out too. When you are running a city, it is hard to recruit businesses to come to your city when the local paper makes it seem like the sky is falling a la Ambassador Brewer.

      • Anonymous

        Oh and they attack his family too. Imagine if they had attacked Scotto for always going over his per down by thousands. Probably get his family to whack somebody.

      • Anonymous

        It’s interesting to see my name come up in this discussion. I guess it’s easy to say things when you hide behind Anonymous.

        • Anonymous

          To be completely transparent, I will leave my name, Tom Brewer.

          • Mike Moran

            Tom wouldn’t hide. Nice try, anonymous. If you truly believe in what you are saying, grow some stones and identify yourself. Otherwise it’s very hard to take you seriously.

  • Anonymous

    Post a copy of Anastasi’s email for us to all see. Otherwise its just BS.

  • Linda Gottshall-Sayed

    Just a comment to Anonymous: How ignorant to suggest Frank Scotto would “whack” someone!!! Do you know that? Are you suggesting that because of his last name? You better stay anonymous because a comment like that is actionable in a civil court for libel and slander. Stay hidden, deep, deep in that dark little hole you are in.

    • Mike Moran

      Great response Linda. So easy to say anything you want when you cower behind anonymity.

      We need a flurry of emails to council members and a large turnout Tuesday night to hold the Fureys accountable. Without that the agenda item goes 3-3 or 4-2 against which would be a disgrace.

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