An old friend forwarded an email to us this week, and the body of the text was brief:
Bulldog Reporter has filed for bankruptcy and has closed its’ door for good as of today. It has been a rough road for us and will be an even rougher road ahead for Jim.
The Jim is James Sinkinson, and Bulldog Reporter was a newsletter for the public relations industry, full of tips on how to cozzen an already enfeebled press into reproducing corporate, political, and NGO press releases in the news media.
More on the bankruptcy from O’Dwyer’s:
Bulldog Reporter, founded in 1979 and which has covered PR and the media for the Infocom Group since 1986, has ceased operations, it was announced by Jim Sinkinson, publisher.
He said that many of the website’s key products and services have declined in profitability and it is winding down its relationships with clients and vendors.
Legal assistance has been retained to assess options in bringing the business to a close.
Some of the 11 members on the masthead of the publication are in the job market.
Sinkinson is also a militant Ziocon, and one of the three main instigators of a ruthless campaign that finally cost the Berkeley Daily Planet many of its advertisers, hastening the newspaper’s demise as a print publication and leaving the city without a non-collegiate newspaper.
Sinkinson and his partners smeared the paper and its publisher with the brush of antisemitism and made all manner of false charges, which we debunked in an extensive investigation.
Sinkinson wrote each of the Daily Planet‘s advertisers and warned them that should they continue to buy ads, they would create backlash in Berkeley’s richest neighborhoods, where the city’s Jewish population is concentrated.
In addition, militant acolytes would show up in businesses, and one advertiser told us she had been left frightened for her well-being after one such visit and would, therefore reluctantly have to discontinue her ads.
Back in 2009 when his campaign was running at fever pitch, Hamilton Nolan of Gawker wrote this about Sinkinson and his war on the newspaper:
Jim Sinkinson, the publisher of Infocom Group and owner of Bulldog Reporter, which many of you PR people subscribe to in an effort to more effectively influence journalists, is currently leading a campaign to put The Berkeley Daily Planet, a liberal weekly, out of business, because he doesn’t like the fact that they publish “letters and other commentary pieces critical of Israel.”
“We think that [Daily Planet editor Becky] O’Malley is addicted to anti-Israel expression just as an alcoholic is to drinking,” Jim Sinkinson, who has led the campaign to discourage advertisers, wrote in an e-mail message… “If she wants to serve and please the East Bay Jewish community, she would be safer avoiding the subject entirely.”
Please, take a moment to reflect on the unapologetically gangster philosophy behind that quote. Reflect, also, on the fact that Sinkinson objects to the paper publishing submitted items that are not even part of the paper’s own editorial output. In other words, this “media relations” mogul objects to free speech, and is an asshole of the first order.
“Serve and please”? Really?
So we will dedicate the following video to Sinkinson, via graphic artist Shane Koyczan:
Troll — Shane Koyczan
From the album and Graphic novel, ‘Silence Is A Song I Know All The Words To’ available for purchase, here.
We do hope those 11 folks who lost their jobs will find new employment.