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Eureka Reporter still making the “news”

Years after local kazillionair Rob Arkley quit funding his newspaper-like circular, The Eureka Reporter, the ghost of ye olde fish-wrap was flashed before a national audience on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report Monday night.

In a story about the sorry state of journalism, the Arkley rag was shown as a prime example of defunct newspapers — despite the fact that the ER never actually turned a profit and only existed to promote a rich man’s revenge on the other local daily which failed to adequately promote his extremist right-wing agenda.

A close look at the screen cap shows the ER headline, “Looking for One Good Planner.” Arkley’s attacks on the Humboldt County Planning Department go way back and were indeed a fundamental reason he dabbled in the “news” business.

That aside, the report on the Report is goll durn funny. Watch it here.

  1. Anonymous
    September 13, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Rob Arkley would be finally getting his way if the Board of Sups were to terminate Kirk Girard at their meeting today.

  2. NonaMySuo
    September 13, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Worked at the Eureka Reporter for a while. Creepy.

  3. Anonymous
    September 13, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Wonder what the next Arkley political flyer will tell us about the planning department. Or Supervisor Smith. Or Supervisor Lovelace. Or Supervisor Clendenan. Or…

  4. September 13, 2011 at 10:40 am

    When the E-R was around it carried most of the same stories, AP news wire. And they pushed the T-S to perform better. The E-R was the only paper to cover the story about HSU nearly losing it’s accreditation in the early part of that story. The best way I have found to get the entire story is to read what both sides are saying and then apply what you know about both sides to arrive at a conclusion.

    And still on wealth envy thing for Mr Arkley? Butting in a Big Box in Marina center is a terrible Idea, but only because there is no way that Broadway can support the traffic.

    Put the Big Box stores in Fortuna. They want them and they can be sited just off 101, and cause little or no traffic problems.

  5. Decline To State
    September 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

    That deal that the Eureka Reporter cut with the Times Standard where the TS would continue to publish the Reporter’s conservative editorials didn’t last long did it?

  6. High Finance
    September 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    “The Eureka Reporter was used as a prime example”

    Heraldo and the truth are strangers. Heraldo is upset because he applied for a job at the Reporter and was laughed out of the office.

  7. High Finance
    September 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    No way that Broadway can support the traffic of a big box ?

    Silly statement. Broadway is doing just fine supporting the traffic of Costco, K-Mart and Target.

  8. September 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    The Eureka Reporter became the Humboldt Mirror. Both are controlled by Arkley. The reason Rob started the Eureka Reporter is because the Times-Standard endorsed someone other than his wife for mayor, and she lost the election.

  9. Fact Checker
    September 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    High Ball says:
    September 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    “Heraldo and the truth are strangers. Heraldo is upset because he applied for a job at the Reporter and was laughed out of the office.”

    Is that a “fact” High Ball? or just more opinionated barf from your upper orifice?

  10. Fact Checker
    September 13, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    High Ball says:
    September 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    “Broadway is doing just fine supporting the traffic of Costco, K-Mart and Target.”

    Broadway is maxed out High Ball.

  11. September 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Heraldo and the truth are strangers. Heraldo is upset because he applied for a job at the Reporter and was laughed out of the office.

    Wrong. You couldn’t pay me enough to promote a bully’s agenda. But lucky for Arkley he has dupes like HiFi who do it for free.

  12. Anonymous
    September 13, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Are the folks at the Mirror on the payroll? We know they get much of their content from Security National, but are they actually compensated for it?

    I doubt it myself.

  13. Anonymous
    September 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Why don’t you go down to the Avalon and ask?

  14. September 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm
  15. SmokeMonster
    September 13, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    regardless of political agendas the ER used to report on the local court cases and local issues far more in depth than Dave K and the slackers at the TS

  16. Ben
    September 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Slow comment week, got to dredge up old stuff for the weekly check list:
    1. Arkley … check

  17. September 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    And yet you can’t get enough, Ben.

  18. Ben
    September 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Heraldo, I am just a voice of reason.

  19. September 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Haha!

  20. September 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Ben is the voice of Arkley from the looks of it.

  21. FoxStudio
    September 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Which reason knoweth not.

  22. Anonymous
    September 13, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I believe that Ben is Ben Shepard.

  23. September 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    That’s the Eureka Reporter sports page as well (behind the Eureka Reporter in the screen shot). The designer of the ER logo has done a lot of impressive work, though the flag on the ER logo was a violation of the Federal Flag Code.

  24. Just another anonymous guy
    September 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Who gives a flip about the ER? I mean really, its dead. We still have the T-S, however, which has become such a sad shadow of a paper. A few decent front-page stories, with most of the rest made up of wire-serve war/murder/massacre stories (oftentimes these little ugly blurbs make up the entire “world” page of the T-S) or the latest words of wisdom from right-wing politicians. Environmental stories are buried on the last page where they can be safely ignored. Why oh why do I even read that sad little rag?

  25. Anonymous
    September 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    ben is a liberal.

  26. September 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Yes, a Virginia Bass kind of liberal.

  27. Anonymous
    September 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    oh, do you know him? he’s a clinton democrat.

  28. September 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    He’s an Arkley/HELP democrat.

  29. McKinleyvillan
    September 13, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    oh come on Ben, even you have to admit, it’s a little surprising to see the Eureka Reporter on Colbert!

    And to the commenters above, Ben was indeed a long-time Dem, until the Dems supported Jill instead of him. Politics above issues! Just like Salzman!

  30. Anonymous
    September 14, 2011 at 6:51 am

    He’s an Arkley/HELP democrat.
    RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! HE’S ONE OF THEM!

  31. Anonymous
    September 14, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Ben a Clinton/Democrat? NO, more like a Zell Miller Democrat.

  32. Anonymous
    September 14, 2011 at 7:54 am

    yes he is. i knew him then and i know him now. pro-union, pro-choice, government employee. clinton democrat. also known as a moderate.

  33. Anonymous
    September 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

    You really got Arkley with this Heraldo. Now that Arkley’s broke Eureka will finally get fixed. Let me know when your “light industerial” jobs are coming Heraldo. I need a job.

  34. Pitchfork
    September 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I have been noticing all the “early release” ex-cons on the streets of Arkleyville. Rob’s evil plan is really taking hold.

  35. somewhat.freindly@yahoo.com
    September 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Kirk G is still incompetent. 12 years on the general plan and no result. How may of you can boast of a record like that? And get to keep your job? He will probably be named the new Economic Development coordinator or some such. What waste of money.

  36. Anonymous
    September 14, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Love Stephen Colbert. I’m sorry to have missed this episode but can catch the excerpt here, so thanks! As for Arkley and the ER, those were the days! In his mind, anyway. Things don’t look so pretty now, with all the back taxes, banks wanting to be repaid, and other financial obligations they are ignoring. It seems they did find the funds to repaint the Eureka downtown SN offices though. Priorities are funny. Seems like they would want to pay their debts before taking on more. Guess appearance is more important than honor.

  37. The Big Picture
    September 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

    America is starved for real community newspapers, and the Times Standard is a good example why.

    If the “other majority” that never participates in elections were routinely reminded of the unsustainable costs of an imperial economy, they’d be demanding an election tomorrow.

    Until the dems and liberals drop their indifference toward the other majority they will remain condemned to placating the right.

  38. Mark Twain
    September 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    “Let me make a nation’s superstitions and I care not who makes its laws or songs…”

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