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We will keep the latest postings here for awhile, while they will also appear in their appropriate position elsewhere in the website.

Sad, Sad Day

February 11, 2010


The Daily Planet announced today that it is ceasing print operations, effective February 25.   It will apparently continue on, at least for a while, as some kind of online echo chamber for Marxist and jihadi opinion, devoid of reportage. 

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“Allahu Akbar.”  Or, should it be titled, “Kill the Filthy Jews”?
March 2, 2010

Editor’s Note:  The Daily Planet’s penultimate print edition featured an ad for a self-published novel, “Allahu Akbar,” by Edward Nash (pen name?).   A sometimes contributor of excellent background research to DPWatchDog obtained a copy of this book, read it, and provided us with an analysis below.
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Party, Barroom, Bathroom, or Funeral?

January 28, 2010


For some weeks the Daily Planet has been advertising a big money making shindig that would “Save the Planet” from its evil detractors. See here. The event was planned for January 24 at a place called “The Omni” at 4799 Shattuck. I thought to drop by and check it out. 

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The 64 Dollar Challenge

January 19, 2010


In the January 14, 2010 issue Terry Fletcher, claiming to be Jewish and anti-Israel, writes in part as follows:


In that light, I would also like to respond to the letter signed by Jonathan Bernstein of the Anti-Defamation League and others the week before, which states of Becky O’Malley that “she has never, to our knowledge, published any hate speech directed at other [non-Jewish] minorities.”

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Becky O'Malley Does Some Explaining
January 11, 2010


On December 3, 2009 the Daily Planet published its latest overtly anti-Semitic offering. It was a letter claiming that Zionists colluded with Eichmann to produce the Holocaust (full text below). This was duly condemned by various community leaders, who denounced O’Malley not just for this one instance of anti-Semitism, but for persistent anti-Semitism. 
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Caught in the Labyrinth of O’Malley’s Mind
January 4, 2010


Look closely at the Letters section of the Berkeley Daily Planet and you will find much about Palestine and Israel--probably more than on any other topic.  However, we do not suggest that there are not letters on local matters as well.  In fact, one will find letters on almost every topic under the local sun.

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Some Threat!
January 4, 2010


Daily Planet advertiser, Vladislav Davidzon, owner of Common Circle Education, wrote a scathing letter accusing opponent of the Daily Planet of attempt to intimidate him into pulling his advertising.

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A Few More Lonely Extremists Accuse the Daily Planet of Anti-Semitism

December 23, 2009


Although it was submitted in time for publication in an earlier edition, the Daily Planet finally published a statement of protest by leaders of the Community against its persistent publication of anti-Semitic diatribes.
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DPWatchDog Finally Posts a Petition That Was Falsely Alleged to Be Its Own
December 22, 2009

The Daily Planet announced a 60% decline in 2009 ad revenues (October 22, 2009). Since making that announcement, the Daily Planet has lost additional key accounts, so that the true decline may be in the neighborhood of 80%. 
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East Bay Express Enjoys Record Sales and Profits
December 21, 2009


The Daily Planet announced a 60% decline in 2009 ad revenues (October 22, 2009).  Since making that announcement, the Daily Planet has lost additional key accounts, so that the true decline may be in the neighborhood of 80%.  O’Malley blames the economy. 
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An Advertiser Defends the Planet
December 21, 2009

The December 17 issue of the Daily Planet featured a letter from DP advertiser, Vladislav Davidzon, owner of Common Circle Education.  It begins with these words:

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Yodeling in an Echo Chamber
December 14, 2009

The December 3 and 12, 2009 issues of the Daily Planet published many letters from all over the country condemning our editor, John Gertz.  The occasion was the publication in the New York Times on November 28 of an article about the dispute between DPWatchDog and the Daily Planet. 
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Do the Numbers Add Up?

December 11, 2009


If you look at the fine print at the bottom of Page 2 of the East Bay Expresses it informs would be advertisers that they are members of the Audit Bureau of Circulation.
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December 10, 2009


At about 12:30PM, Thursday, December 10, 2009 our editor tried to take a copy of the Daily Planet from the box located directly in front of the main downtown post office, and directly across the street from the YMCA. 
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The House of Representatives Outlaws the Berkeley Daily Planet
December 10, 2009

Well, not really.  But close. 

On a whopping 395 to 3 vote, the House has passed legislation labeling certain Middle East media outlets, including the Hizbullah-run Al-Manar, terrorist entities. 
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Zionists Were Nazi Collaborators

December 4, 2009


In its December 3, 2009 edition, the Berkeley Daily Planet revisited the theme of the Zionist Jews as Nazis.  In the past we learned from the Daily Planet that Jews deserved what they got in the Holocaust, and we have also learned that Israelis are the new Nazis. 
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Facts?  “What, Me Worry,” Quoth O’Malley?

December 4, 2009


In a November 27, 2009 article, The New York Times quoted Becky O’Malley as saying:


“We make a serious effort to get most words spelled right in the headlines, which we don’t always achieve,” Ms. O’Malley said.

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December 3 Attacks

December 7, 2009


The December 3, 2009 issue of the Daily Planet published many letters from all over the country condemning our editor, John Gertz.  The occasion was the publication in the New York Times on November 28 of an article about the dispute between us and the Daily Planet.
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O’Malley Pats Herself on the Back

November 16, 2009


Becky O’Malley has the very odd habit of describing her publishing policies in terms that are self-serving and grandiose, but also patently false

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Finally a Pro-Israel Commentary—But what is it?

October 19, 2009


Anti-Israel pieces in the Berkeley Daily Planet are legion, while pro-Israel pieces are few. 

Becky O’Malley used to claim that, being a free speech absolutist, she publishes everything she receives.  The lack of pro-Israel pieces merely reflected the fact that she received very few.

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Hate Free Award Redefined

October 2, 2009


Becky O’Malley sneaked her September 24, 2009 issue by us.  It was, loosely speaking, hate free, and so we issued her a Hate Free Award.  However, there was egregious malfeasance of a different type.  As detailed elsewhere (see here), O’Malley’s own editorial contained two obvious and presumably intentional fabrications.


So we have decided to raise the bar, and rename our much-coveted No Hate Award the No Hate (or Other Forms of Malfeasance) Award.


It is, after all, part of our duty to continuously raise the bar for O’Malley until we can declare with a full heart that she is running a damned fine paper.  May that day arrive soon.



A Hate Free Issue Plus We Learned Something

September 24, 2009


We congratulate The Berkeley Daily Planet on its September 24, 2009 issue.  First, despite the fact that Becky O’Malley’s editorial is given over almost entirely to a condemnation of this website and its editor, we believe that she did so in about as hate-free a manner as is possible for her.  Sure, she called us “crazy” and “liars” (without specifying the lies), but we will let it pass as pretty mild by Daily Planet standards.

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O’Malley and Sinkinson Reconcile, Agree on All Matters, Hug, and Make Up

September 21, 2009


As most of you know, some citizens have taken anti-Semitism, other forms of hate speech, and other forms of journalistic malfeasance in the Berkeley Daily Planet so seriously that they have urged advertisers to pull their ads.  The Berkeley Daily Planet has retaliated with incessant condemnations of these people (we are also routinely accused of trying to destroy the Daily Planet even though we restrict ourselves to research and analysis).  The main villain, according to O’Malley, is one Jim Sinkinson.
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Is the Berkeley Daily Planet executive editor and owner, Becky O'Malley, herself an anti-Semite? (Much Revised & Updated)

September 14, 2009

As detailed elsewhere on this website, Elisabeth Warren Peters (now known as Becky O’Malley) is of blue-blood WASP origins.  Her immediate forebears were members of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), claiming descent from General Joseph Warren, the hero of Bunker Hill. 
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The Hidden Past of Elisabeth Warren Peters, aka, Becky O'Malley

September 14, 2009


Becky O’Malley was born in 1940 in St. Louis and grew up in Pasadena, California.  Her given name was Elisabeth Warren Peters.  She came from a wealthy, old line, blue-blooded family. Her middle name, “Warren” was meant to evoke an illustrious ancestor, famed Revolutionary War hero, General Joseph Warren, who fell at Bunker Hill.  Family members were proud Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR).

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The September 10, 2009 issue: So close and yet…
September 11, 2009


The Berkeley Daily Planet almost scored another hate free issue.  Conn Hallinan wrote a piece critical of Israel, b ut it seemed accurate and was reasonable.  So, no problem there. But then came Becky O’Malley’s editorial.  It was almost entirely on the subject of Van Jones’ recent resignation from the Obama administration.  But then, for no apparent reason, she veered off with this:


Now, you can’t believe everything you read in a Wikipedia bio. (We have first-hand experience with that problem, since the entry for the Berkeley Daily Planet is being stalked by one “Dr. Mike” Harris of Sausalito, a card-carrying member of the lunatic fringe of supporters of right-wing Israeli politics. Every time someone corrects the misinformation he’s inserted into the entry, he changes it back.)


The problem is that Dr. Harris is not from Sausalito, is a centrist Zionist and not from some lunatic fringe, and has submitted proof to our website that he only edited Wikipedia on one day, many months ago.  This is hardly “stalking.”  We recall that in its June 4th attack on this website. the Daily Planet described the editor of our website as a frequent newspaper caller (i.e., stalker), despite the fact that he had only returned their call, and another occasion followed up to get a promised answer to a specific question.  This is a very far cry from being a frequent caller or stalker. He, too, has been described by the Berkeley Daily Planet as a right wing religious fanatic (and worse), even though he is a left wing secularist.

Israelis are Nazis

September 3, 2009

We learn that Israelis are Nazis in an August 4, 2006 letter from Linda Stewart:

Anyone in Congress who supports this genocide does not represent me and many others in this country. Destroying a country’s infrastructure, killing millions of innocent civilians [Millions? That’s worse than Bosnia, Congo, Rwanda and Darfur combined], including children, is inexcusable. I will never vote for anyone who supports this insanity.
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Recent Hard Left Demonstration in San Francisco


It’s the Zionist Occupation Government (ZOG)

September 1, 2009


The Berkeley Daily Planet published a DeFreitas cartoon on April 23, 2004 that shows an American flag, with its pole stuck like a spear into the back of a prostrate Palestinian peasant representing the as yet unborn Palestinian state.  Critically, the 50 stars in the flag have been replaced by a single Star of David.  DeFreitas employed the age-old anti-Semitic theme that Jews control America (or, often, the whole world).  The neo-Nazis therefore call our federal government the ZOG, standing for “Zionist Occupation Government.”  This is clearly implied by the 50 stars of Old Glory being replaced by a single Jewish star. 

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Israel has no right to defend itself from nuclear annihilation

September 8, 2009


Hallinan and the Berkeley Daily Planet’s enduring quest to delegitimize the State of Israel took a bizarre turn in an article on January 19, 2007 entitled, “Iran: Thinking the Unthinkable.”

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No Hate Watch: The  August 27, 2009 Issue

September 1, 2009


This is a borderline issue of the Daily Planet.  It is relatively hate free.  There is a commentary by Virginia Bowning calling a certain unnamed faction in the upcoming KPFA election liars and rats.  However, we might generously regard that as normal KPFA trash talk, rather than hate speech. 
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Some Business Plan You Have There

August 24, 2009


Perhaps because the Berkeley Daily Planet long ago made the decision that it was far more concerned with Palestine than with Albany, it has only a tiny fraction of the advertising of other local newspapersThis has resulted in a massive personal financial loss to the O’Malley’s, which they state as being more than $40,000 per month. 

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Berkeley Daily Planet: Newspaper or Cult?

August 24, 2009


A few days ago we received an unsolicited email from a Berkeley Daily Planet staffer informing us that we were being added to his spam blocker.  This simple act got us to asking ourselves whether the Berkeley Daily Planet is a local newspaper or some sort of cult. Our thoughts are still in the hypothesis phase, but we are happy to share with our readers the evidence we have thus far accumulated:

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Berkeley Daily Palestinian

August 24, 2009


In a separate exposé, we previously documented the shocking preponderance of references to Palestine in the Berkeley Daily Planet relative to other closely comparable world trouble spots.

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Becky O'Malley Kills Free Speech

August 14, 2009

On reading the August 13, 2009 edition of the Berkeley Daily Planet, we were sorely tempted to give it our much-coveted Hate Free Award, that is, until we received a complaint from one of our readers. Now we don’t know what to do. 
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Landmarking and Development

August 16, 2009


O’Malley has a strong anti-development bias, which she advances not just in the defense of tree-sitting, but at every opportunity.  By most accounts, she purchased the DP with this single motivation in mind. Not satisfied with editorializing against development, she slants the entire news department against it.

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Richard Brenneman Speaks for the Jews and for Becky (Revised)

August 20, 2009


Under the rubric of “Reader Commentaries,” paid Daily Planet reporter, Richard Brenneman, announces proudly that as a Jew, he can testify that Becky O’Malley is no anti-Semite.

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Can Israel Be Saved?

August 5, 2009


In her July 30, 2009 editorial, O’Malley for the umpteenth time displays her obsession for all things Jewish and Israeli. Honestly, it has come time for her to seriously consider converting to Judaism. It would give her license for her obsession, and it might paradoxically help dissipate some of her inner psychological turmoil. We are going to throw out a hypothesis--but we stress that we do not as yet have any proof--that O’Malley probably absorbed a lot of nasty anti-Semitism as a child, perhaps on her daddy’s knee. 
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The Mad Woman of Berkeley

August 4, 2009


People we have met who know Becky O’Malley well most often use the words “angry” or “bitter” to describe her. As with most of her writings, O’Malley’s June 25, 2009 editorial is a rambling and utterly incoherent mess. All we can say is that it is some sort hysterical and flailing analysis of the whole world. About all that comes through is her bitterness and anger.
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No Hate Watch Revisited

July 25, 2009


When an issue of the Berkeley Daily Planet is hate free, we believe that it deserves a kudo. On May 15, we began a No Hate Watch in the kudos section of the website to list all hate free issues. We began by complimenting the Berkeley Daily Planet for its May 7, 2009 edition.


But then the matter languished. We did not forget about our No Hate Watch. We simply could not find another such edition. So we waited, and waited, and waited some more.


Patience has finally paid off. We are happy to declare that two and a half months later we have found the July 23, 2009 issue to be hate free. Of course, the Israel/Palestine issue was there as usual. However, the anti-Israel letters were serious and thoughtful, and, much to our surprise, there were a number of pro-Israel letters (O’Malley has been known not to publish pro-Israel letters), again thoughtful and polite. There is, however, a grim underside to this story. It just so happens that Becky O’Malley is vacationing in Europe. We would feel better if responsible journalism were being practiced on her watch.



Response to the June 4th Attacks

June 8, 2009


On June 4, 2009 the Berkeley Daily Planet went ballistic, if not nuclear, publishing no less than nine separate pieces attacking this website and other people in Berkeley who have attempted to stand up to the paper’s malfeasance. Ensuing issues piled on with letters to the editors plus two DeFreitas cartoons. The paper refused to publish responses from myself or others who were attacked, and even refused to meaningfully retract statements that were clearly false.

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Pravda joins in the attack upon DPWatchDog
June 8, 2009

Pravda has joined in the attack upon, republishing Brenemann's article in full:


We wonder why Pravada would take such interest in happenings so far away Moscow. If Conn Hallinan returns our calls we will ask him. 



Anatomy of an Extremist

June 5, 2009


In the Berkeley Daily Planet’s now infamous June 4, 2009 condemnation of DPWatchDog I am called “one of the East Bay’s most militant Zionists.” No particular evidence is provided, or at least none that is not easily and effectively refuted. 


In fact, I have never in my life attended a pro-Israel street protest, counter-protest, or rally, and I have never even gotten around to joining the 50,000 or so people who annually attend “Israel in the Park” in San Francisco.                      

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ADL: Hard left anti-Semitism way up in the Bay Area

June 5, 2009


Regular readers of the Berkeley Daily Planet will not be surprised that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has announced that anti-Semitism in the Bay Area is way up led by a surge of anti-Semitism from the hard left. Anti-Semitism used to be the province of the far right. Today it mostly comes from the far left.

Is Somone Stealing Those Papers?

June 15, 2009


It was alleged by a June 11 writer, and implied by the Berkeley Daily Planet itself, that someone stole copies of the June 4 edition from newsstands. That is the issue which condemned this website. We threaten the Berkeley Daily Planet with nothing more powerful than our word processor. We would never steal Becky’s papers and would immediately report it to the police if we learned of anything illegal being done on our behalf. 

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The Quality of Justice is not Determined by the

Size of the Lynch Mob

June 15, 2009


We draw your attention to the letters condemning DPWatchDog and its editor in the June 11, 2009 editions of the Berkeley Daily Planet. See if you can detect the slightest evidence that any of the authors, apart from Hardesty, had ever even visited this website, before roundly condemning it. We can find no such hint. This total lack of intellectual curiosity, and resultant gullibility, may be the defining feature of the average Daily Planet defender.



Zorro to the Rescue

June 1, 2009


The Berkeley Daily Planet has a special knack for dwelling on the irrelevant. The fact that I am a minority shareholder in, and CEO of, the company that owns Zorro is of prurient interest to the Berkeley Daily Planet. It is, however, completely irrelevant to our efforts on this website, which is owned and operated by a different company. 

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So Few Jews, Such a Big Jewish Problem

May 31, 2009


Is it also true that blacks comprise only 4% of Berkeley’s population? Of course, not. Nor is Berkeley’s population 80% Burmese, nor 75% Algerian, nor is it only 1% white. We would hope that Becky O’Malley would instantly recognize such hoaxes and have the good sense to throw away letters which make preposterous claims such as these. O’Malley’s alleged addiction to “free speech” does not require the Daily Planet to publish false information. 
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The Berkeley Daily Planet Slays 7 With One Blow

May 29, 2009


OK, there weren't seven.


But you should have seen the size of the fly we swatted with this week's issue of the Berkeley Daily Planet (May 28, 2009). We swear it was seven times the size of any average Berkeley fly.


Kudos to the Berkeley Daily Planet for publishing such a sturdy and handy issue. It was a winner.

A Psychotic Vouches for The Daily Planet

May 25, 2009


In a poignant, but completely over-the-top, piece in the March 19, 2009 issue, Jack Bragen details many incidents of anti-Semitism he has personally experienced, including beatings, being called a “kike,” and more.Amazingly, the whole point of the letter was to exonerate the Daily Planet. Bragen concludes that because he knows anti-Semitism like almost no one else, he is in a position to bear witness with great authority to the fact that the Daily Planet is not anti-Semitic.

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Hallinan's Gallery of Good Guys

May 25, 2009


In this article we will examine a very peculiar direction toward which Hallinan’s radical ideology leads him. For simplicity, we will leave citations aside if they appear elsewhere in this website.


After closely reading many of his columns we can compile a telling pantheon of his heroes.

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Are you From El Cerrito? That’s Your Problem, says the Berkeley Daily Planet

May 25, 2009


Readers of the Berkeley Daily Planet have been known to call it the Daily Palestinian. Elsewhere in this website we site metrics which prove that the Berkeley Daily Planet elevates the Israel-Palestine conflict way and above all other world situations.

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The Daily Planet peddles its papers in front of ACE Hardware in El Cerrito, a neighboring town the DP ignores in favor of Palestine.


DING DONG, the Wicked Witch is Dead

May 22, 2009


We received a reader comment yesterday that simply read, “DING DONG, The Wicked Witch is Dead.” We immediately understood to what the reader was referring. 


For months now, The Berkeley Daily Planet has been trying everything to stay afloat financially. We all know that newspapers have their challenges. However, neither of the Berkeley Daily Planet’s competitors, the East Bay Express and the Berkeley Voice, have had any trouble gathering enough advertisers to make themselves self-sustaining and profitable. Neither pleads poverty nor solicits donations. 

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