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Email exchange between Tom Webb and Tom Negrete, Managing Editor, Sacramento Bee regarding their editorial policy and treatment of Republicans in their news coverage.

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From: Negrete, Tom <>
To: webbslaire <>
Sent: Thu, Sep 13, 2012 2:49 pm
Subject: Re: Front page article on Mitt Romney--12 Sept, 2012
Terrific. Looking forward to it.

I'll aim to get caught up on some things and send you a note on the program and some upcoming dates in the next week or so.
On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM, <> wrote:
Sounds great, we will keep in touch and get you scheduled for our January meeting.
I would love to get involved in the program you described, I believe it would be very exciting, and I believe I could contribute to the program.

Tom Webb

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From: Negrete, Tom <>
To: webbslaire <>
Sent: Wed, Sep 12, 2012 5:50 pm
Subject: Re: Front page article on Mitt Romney--12 Sept, 2012
Dear Mr. Webb,

Thanks for the invitation to come speak to the Sun City Lincoln Hills Republican Club. I would be delighted to do so. At your convenience, please send along a date, time, address and contact name and number. I can then touch base with the contact as we get closer to the date and check in on topics and issues you may want me to address, and then of course take any questions from your members.

I can also share with your group that we invite readers to sign up to join Bee editors during the week to help pick the top stories that should go in the next day's paper. The intent of the program is to have real readers come into The Bee newsroom and raise questions about what we are doing, and why so editors stay on their toes about decisions we make, get feedback from a variety of readers, and we don't become too insular in our thinking. We believe we serve readers best by listening to them. We don't always succeed of course, but we always try. The program is currently booked through the end of January 2013. If that interests you, joining editors to discuss what stories should go on A1, let me know and I'll let you know as soon as we open new dates. The time requirement is an hour starting at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Needed qualifications? Curiosity, an interest in news and The Bee, and a willingness to share your opinion in a constructive manner.


On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM, <> wrote:
WOW!!--Thanks to ALL of you that responded to my e-mail from this morning, I am impressed to say the least, rapid, good thought out responses.

I do not recall seeing articles in the recognized media covering Obama's college work, his classmates, his records, etc. I have seen some of those items on the Internet and other means of communications. I do not always accept those sources as accurate, as no one can be responsible for their veracity.

I am co-chair of the Sun City Lincoln Hills Republican Club. We are an active group of retired-or nearly retired individuals.
We are usually well informed, quite opinionated, and very involved and concerned about the direction of our country.

We have a wonderful meeting facility here in Sun City Lincoln Hills, and can support all types of media presentations. We meet regularly during election years, and Quarterly during non-election years.

We would love to offer you an opportunity to take one of our meetings to discuss your approach to coverage of election issues, and the problems you encounter--which I am sure are great.

We could set aside our January, 2013 meeting for you and your reporters to make a presentation.

I believe this would be a wonderful opportunity for the Sac Bee, and for our group to meet, discuss ideas, and better understand the problems you face, and what we might do to better understand your situation. I believe it would be worthwhile for you to get firsthand, direct inputs from your readers. Our facility seats well over 100 people, is very comfortable, and really first rate, please consider this seriously.

Again, thanks for your rapid responses.

Tom Webb
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From: Anderluh, Deborah <>
To: webbslaire <>
Cc: Joyce Terhaar <>; Tom Negrete <>; Stuart Leavenworth <>; Cheryl Dell <>
Sent: Wed, Sep 12, 2012 1:33 pm
Subject: Fwd: Front page article on Mitt Romney--12 Sept, 2012
Mr. Webb, I appreciate your writing us and sharing your impressions.
My name is Deb Anderluh, and I am the editor in charge of selecting coverage for The Bee's front page.

I asked that we run the story on Mitt Romney at Stanford, because I found it an interesting portrait of not only his ties to Northern California but also because it gave us insights into his life and outlook during a pivotal period in U.S. history. I was not in this role when President Obama ran four years ago, but was an editor at The Bee and a careful reader of our coverage. In fact, we ran many stories in the months leading up to the 2008 election on Obama's record and history. His childhood, family life, writings and educational and political careers were deeply vetted during his first run for office.

And of course, in the years since, we have run stories almost daily that offer readers information and analysis of Obama's actions, policies and record in his role as president.

It's true we have done more on Mitt Romney's early history in recent months than on Obama's, but to me this is natural given so much of that ground was covered when Obama ran for his first term. Gov. Romney's life and work is less well known outside Massachusetts at this point. Given he may be our next president, we are looking to provide our readers with relevant information about his career, his style, his policies, politics and personal beliefs. We don't view this role - or either candidate -- as positive or negative. We're simply looking to fulfill a key mission in helping foster an informed citizenry.

You can contact me if you have further thoughts. And again, I appreciate hearing from you. The truth is, every subscription does make a difference.

-- Deb Anderluh

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From: <>
Date: Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM
Subject: Fwd: Front page article on Mitt Romney--12 Sept, 2012

Subject: Front page article on Mitt Romney--12 Sept, 2012
I am amazed that you--with help from the New York Times--have been able to find all the info on Mitt Romney when he was a freshman at Stanford in 1965, but have not been able to find any info on Pres Obama and his time at the various schools he has attended.

It seems to me that you have very biased discussions of candidates, you do very little to vet Obama, but go to extreme in vetting McCain, Palin, Romney and Ryan. Why is your coverage so limited on one case and so intense on others??

I know many friends that have canceled their subscriptions to the bee over this type of coverage, and you make it very tempting for me to do likewise.

I realize that one subscription is meaningless, and has no impact on your paper, but if you continue your methods, I predict you will see more cancellations in near future.

I would love to have an answer from you on this.


Tom Webb
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