Is Mayor Furey Boycotting the Daily Breeze?
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.
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.”