Ross Johnson takes a hard look, a really hard look, at Wendy McCaw, the embattled and battling owner of the Santa Barbara News-Press. Here’s the nut:
From somebody who’s said she would have no role in editorial functions, McCaw’s story has morphed into a tale of a woman using some of her reported $2 billion fortune (some say that stash has shrunk) to threaten current and former employees for talking to other media, sue a Southern California journalism professor for defamation, threaten shopkeepers for posting window signs that challenge McCaw’s legal maneuvers, stage a mini-war against the Teamsters union trying to organize her news force–and threaten writers with legal action merely for trying to contact her or her posse.
She’s a busy, busy gal! Johnson shares the blame on McCaw’s cadre of lawyers and toadies (not always the same thing).