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Just when you thought the Eureka Reporter couldn’t get any more freaky with its neocon-flavored kool-aid, the gazzilionaire-funded newsletter now declares the US military “won the Iraq War in three weeks with almost no loss of American lives.”

Woo-hoo! Time to suck face with the nearest nurse — unless you’ve read the news over the last 4 1/2 years.

Even the Eureka Reporter itself was “unanimous” in its opposition to Bush’s Iraq war.

But not anymore! There’s a new mini-me in town who says we “must finish the job in Iraq: mopping up the insurgency…Then we can begin to leave.” And anyone who disagrees belongs to the “far-left wing of the Democratic Party.”

Yep, a nice “mopping up” of blood spilled in an illegal war based on lies will end with the US hailed as peace makers.

Thank goodness Rob Arkley hired this Peter Hannaford fellow to mop up the Eureka Reporter’s editorials. Hopefully his underlings won’t get waterboarded for opposing the war. Not that it’s torture, or anything.

  1. Andrew Bird
    November 13, 2007 at 5:16 am

    I’m scratching my head over this decision to let Hannaford run the opinion pages. Does he have complete autonomy over the editorial page? Normally, a newspaper’s editorial board consists of the publisher, the editor and a few members of editorial management and maybe a reporter or two (depending on the size of the newspaper). They meet and determine the editorial stance, and the overall editorial slant, of the newspaper by voting on what issues to write editorials on and which point of view to take.

    It appears to me this process is not being followed now and Hannaford is free to editorialize on whatever he wants and publish it as the opinion of the newspaper, not just his opinion. And while the ER’s entire identity if that of a local community-owned newspaper owned by a local company, Hannaford increasingly editorializes on national issues instead of local issues, of which there is no shortage.

    This latest “editorial” in support of the war, after the newspaper earlier emphatically supported a pull-out, is puzzling to say the least. Maybe an anonymous ER staffer or two will let us know what is going on.

  2. 6em
    November 13, 2007 at 6:35 am

    I don’t get it either. Perhaps the editorials that don’t acknowledge reality very well are meant to distract us all from stories that have more direct local impact: stories like the Palco bankruptcy, threats to public officials and big box retail on the waterfront.

    Or maybe “fair and balanced” editorializing is the RNCs way of trying to maintain discipline amongst the dwindling base and Mr. A. is simply helping out?

    Or Mr. A. is a Ron Paul supporter, and this is a secret Ron Paul plot to get the few remaining R voters to join his cause by portraying standard republican thought as ridiculous.

  3. Anonymous
    November 13, 2007 at 6:56 am

    It’s revisionism. They started blaming Iraq on the Dems immediately following the 2006 election.

  4. November 13, 2007 at 7:06 am

    Perhaps Hannaford’s next editorial can be about how it is fitting and proper for Military Age supporters of the war to sign up for military service. Case in point would be Alison and Elizabeth Arkley, These two young women have donated lots of money to Pro-War legislators. In a very real sense , they are helping to prolong hostilities, Perhaps they should personally participate,

  5. hcn
    November 13, 2007 at 7:49 am

    Hearldo, any thoughts about the issue or conflict brought up about Paul Gallegos and his relationship with Steve Shectman? This in regards to the issue before the BOP and the Vilica LLC and so on.

  6. derchoadus
    November 13, 2007 at 8:04 am

    It’s ‘Waterboard’. One word. -1 point.

    Who reads the ER OP/Ed page anyway? Most are stuck on the comics.

  7. Anonymous
    November 13, 2007 at 8:27 am

    Nice Heraldo, but you left out some parts, like the next line:
    “The administration, however, underestimated both the scope and nature of the problems involved in winning the peace.”

  8. November 13, 2007 at 8:36 am

    It’s ‘Waterboard’. One word.

    That’s what I originally wrote but spellcheck balked. But I’ll defer to you on this one.

    Who reads the ER OP/Ed page anyway?

    I do, so you don’t have to.

  9. average Eurekan
    November 13, 2007 at 10:04 am

    As you pointed out in a previous post, Hannaford’s company, APCO, specialized in media PR work for beleaguered billionaires, authoritarian heads of state, etc. As news stories regarding his new employment at the ER mentioned that he was a longtime owner of a home in Petrolia, one would guess that he retired to Humboldt and Rob picked him up to do some image-washing. Hannaford probably views his new job as “staying in shape” in retirement.

    But it’s entirely consonant with the usage of the Reporter as an image- and opinion-shaper locally for Rob Arkley. It became obvious that Glenn was embarrassing him (and himself) on the Op-Ed page and it was time to bring in the real professionals, the big guns. Hannaford’s retirement to the North Coast could not have come at a better time for Rob.

  10. robash141
    November 13, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    It’s comical how hcn tries to change the subject right away

  11. November 13, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    It’s comical that “heraldo” hasn’t addressed that issue, given that some of his favorites have peripheral involvement.

  12. November 13, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    I have some observations on the Villica situation which I will share soon. It’s an interesting trainwreck of what would otherwise seem to be conflicting interests.

  13. Anonymous
    November 13, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    trainwreck – did you do that on purpose?

  14. Rose's Mind
    November 13, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    You need to get help to find me, Rose. This obsession with all things Gallegos isn’t healthy.

  15. robash141
    November 13, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Rose’s Mind
    It must be awfully cramped and conspiritorial in there..

  16. November 13, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    trainwreck – did you do that on purpose?

    Kind of appropriate, don’t you think?

  17. Anonymous
    November 13, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Yes Heraldo, sitting your observations would be crucial to your blog.

  18. Andrew Bird
    November 13, 2007 at 2:59 pm


    Have you seen the “Bye Bye Bush” calendars in stores now? A Bushism for each week as the days count down to the end of his presidency. Too bad you can’t retail them on your blog to make a little money for the Herald.

  19. November 13, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    Maybe I should design some Humboldt Herald merchandise for the holidays.

  20. hcn
    November 13, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    Why not share your observations now?

    “an interesting trainwreck of what would otherwise seem to be conflicting interests”

    Wow, there’s so much spin on that one I’m getting dizzy.

  21. Andrew Bird
    November 13, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Anything involving bouncing Bush from the White House would probably be profitable.

  22. Rose's Mind
    November 13, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    It was, Robash. But since she lost me it has gotten better for me but much worse for all those who have to read about her obsessions every day. She needs me but doesn’t have the sense to know it. :)

  23. Anonymous
    November 13, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    horrido, what do you and the other anti ER folks care? You don’t like anything the ER does so give it a rest. If they had Micky Mouse or Mother Teresa you’d bitch. If you really want in on the game try writing articles to ER and TS or better yet start your own newspaper. Ha,you’d rather belly ache cause you have no tallent.

  24. Auntie Mayme
    November 13, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    I filled out the Eureka Reporter survey, but neglected to drop it by in time to enter to win a $1,000.

    Heraldo, did you fill out the survey?

    Did anyone that reads this blog fill out the survey?

  25. Andrew Bird
    November 13, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Mine went out in today’s mail.

  26. Anonymous
    November 13, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Humboldt Heraldo merchandise! I bet Larry G. would stock some t-shirts and mugs at The Works, maybe even on consignment. Larry, what do you think?

  27. Andrew Bird
    November 13, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    Impeachment mugs? The face of Geo W. on a coffee cup, that says “impeach this mug.” ?? With the HH logo on the other side of course.

  28. November 13, 2007 at 6:08 pm


    Hey H,

    You should consider publishing a list of the best “alternate” names your readers have given you!

    Why work for a paper H? Here, you can write what you want and not have some Wannabe Citizen Kane with his local fish wrap telling you what to write.

  29. Jane Doe
    November 13, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Some people apparently prefer their news finely filtered. Cognitive dissonance can be painful.

  30. Larry Glass
    November 13, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    Yes! The Works would be honored to sell Heraldo Merchandise

  31. Anonymous
    November 13, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Heraldo merchandise idea:

    Heraldo mouse pad w/avatar and question at bottom – Who is Heraldo?

  32. November 13, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Hannafords editorial is just a rehash of the same old crap the neo-cons armchair warriors have been spewing for years They are probably using some kind of Enron style counting tricks to make things appear to be getting better just in time for the next appropriations bill.

  33. November 14, 2007 at 7:00 am

    “Did anyone that reads this blog fill out the survey?”.

    I did and dropped it off at the Eureka Reporter office on Monday.

  34. November 14, 2007 at 8:45 am

    Heraldo, did you fill out the survey?

    No, I didn’t know about it in time. Now they’ll never know what I think about the Eureka Reporter.

  35. November 14, 2007 at 8:49 am

    I probably shouldn’t say this but, was it yesterday they had a couple pieces in the E/R urging people to turn in the surveys? I don’t believe this last Monday was the deadline. I think it’s next Monday. They said if you didn’t get the survey you can pick one up at the E/R’s main office.

    Damn…I know I shouldn’t of said that.

  36. November 14, 2007 at 8:52 am

    Without re-reading it, I got the impression the deadline was last Monday.

  37. November 14, 2007 at 9:44 am

    I realize it’s confusing, but I don’t think so. This was published as yesterday’s E/R’ editorial:

    Note they say to bring in the survey “no later than Monday”. It wouldn’t make sense to say to bring it in by the day before the editorial was published so they must mean next Monday.

    I knew I shouldn’t of brought this up. This will ruin my odds of winning one of the three $1000 prizes.

  38. November 14, 2007 at 9:58 am

    Now I am confused. Is it too late to send in the survey?

    This past Monday was a holiday and there was no mail delivery.

  39. November 14, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Read the editorial, Carol. It was published in yesterday’s E/R and says to return the survey no later than Monday. That would have to mean next Monday, not this last one.

    Here, you don’t even have to use the link I supplied. Here’s what they said. Remember, this was in yesterday’s paper:

    “Then, all you need do is mail the completed survey to us at The Eureka Reporter, 215 Fourth St., Eureka, Calif. 95525, or bring it to our office during normal business hours. Make sure to do one or the other by 5 p.m. Monday.”

  40. Andrew Bird
    November 14, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Does the survey really not have a due date….it just says by 5 p.m. Monday? Period? I put mine in the mailbox Sunday afternoon…..I didn’t even look for a submission deadline.

    Leave it to the ER to botch up its own readership poll by creating confusion over the deadline to submit the survey. I wonder how many people are not going to participate in the survey because they think the deadline to be eligible for prize money has passed?

  41. Jane Doe
    November 14, 2007 at 10:36 am

    I wish I had actually opened and read the rag now. They go straight into recycling at my house. Repeated requests to stop delivery have been ignored. I much prefer to read online rather than wasting paper and energy for recycling.

  42. November 14, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    I dug it out of the trash, so I will mail it today.

    The article didn’t say which Monday for the deadline, but as I look at my very crinkled copy I see that the survey itself states the date as November 19th. OK, they will know my mind! Thanks, Fred!

  43. November 14, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    I didn’t even notice the date on the survey. In fact, I didn’t even notice anywhere where it said how to return it except some mention of some time and day. I mentioned that to the girl at E/R when I turned my survey in and suggested they should have instructions for returning it. She pointed out they did have instructions to mail it or return it in person to the office. I missed that and figured the survey was too big to expect people to mail it.

  44. Eurekaman
    November 14, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Oh darn, I knew I should have read the ER before I used it for toilet paper. It’s a little hard on the bottom though, and doesn’t flush too well either.

  45. Eurekaman
    November 14, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    How about some bumper stickers saying who is Heraldo?

  46. Anonymous
    November 14, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    And there you have it, the core demographic of blogs — people too poor to afford toilet paper.

  47. Anonymous
    November 15, 2007 at 8:29 am

    This is hysterical. You people could tell the ER what you think anytime but their $1,000 offer really got you sending those surveys in. Not too proud to accept that after you bash the paper!

  48. November 15, 2007 at 9:15 am

    I’ve been withholding all my comments on the ER until now.

  49. November 15, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Mr. Hannaford has introduced himself to the community with bizarre panache. It’s one thing to be an apologist for our imperial misadventure, but to imagine that we’re somehow winning at long last is just plain nuts.

  50. November 16, 2007 at 6:50 am

    According to Mikey Reagan in today’s T-S, we are winning.

    It is the latest round in GOP talking points.

    FEAR FREEDOM fear freedom FEAR FREEDOM fear freedom

  51. Auntie Arkley
    November 21, 2007 at 9:17 pm


    Show that you love Eureka by proudly displaying your

    NO ARKLEYVILLE sticker.

    Need one? Doesn’t everyone?

    Just ask your Auntie. Auntie Arkley, that is.


  52. Auntie Arkley
    November 21, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Fuck SN and the ER, their polls, and all the scum money-whores who work for and/or support arkley.

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