The good news is that the Zombie-Marxist newspaper in San Francisco is closing after 50 years.
The market killed it twice but the legal system kept the Zombie alive. The Bay Guardian was a free handout weekly based mostly on ads from escort services, low quality eateries and massage parlors.
The paper sued the two major dailies when they wanted to merger in the 1980's and got a $25 million anti-trust settlement to arise from the grave. It did the same thing again, 15 years later to another local throw-away and got an additional $21 million anti-trust settlement.
A Vancouver newspaper owner bought it and two other local throw-aways and published all three by trying to expand to the suburbs. The Internet had dried up the advertising. Good riddance.
I doubt the Bay Guardian ever had any political relevance. In every election I followed for decades, no local newspaper had any influence on the outcome. It may have had some impact on one or two districts after San Francisco got district elections at the beginning of the Second Islamic War in 2001. I had stopped paying attention by then.
The story I want to tell is about the owner, editor of the Bay Guardian, Bruce Brugmann. He was a very simple man, driven solely by hatred. His main hate target was the local utility Pacific Gas and Electric.
Brugmann wanted utilities to be public. It started out that way for San Francisco in 1905, but as capital costs got out of control, the city signed a lease with a private company to deliver electricity and gas. The City signed away its electric power supply on a 50 year lease in the mid 1920's
Brugmann was not a very bright man. I met him a few times. When the 50 year lease came up for renewal in the mid 1970's, PG&E began secret negotiations with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Everyone of the 12 supervisors and the Mayor kept the secret negotiations secret from Brugmann. One day they signed another 50 year lease.
Brugmann, the idiot, had never paid attention to the 50 year lease, and never had any friends in local politics to let him know what was going on. His nemesis, PG&E, was much smarter and more competent than he. They got a 50 year lease renewal with the City behind his back.
It doesn't take much in the way of intelligence to publish a throw-away newspaper.