Exclusive Response: Santa Barbara News-Press responds to Jim Gilchrist

The world was shocked to hear of the recent assault on free speech by thugs in California. These anti-free speech vandals defaced building belonging to the Santa Barbara News-Press, allegedly due to the paper’s use of the word “illegals” to refer to people living illegally in the United States.

Mr. Jim Gilchrist of the Minuteman Project issued a blistering response of support, encouraging Minutemen everywhere to join forces against those who would deprive a newspaper of its right to free speech. Now, we’re pleased to bring you an exclusive response from the Santa Barbara News-Press.

Dear Mr. Gilchrist:

Thank you for your comments on your website minutemanproject.com, the supportive words and the call to action.

We believe it is our obligation as a responsible newspaper to report the news using accurate words in an honest, straightforward and unbiased manner. This does not always sit well with those who use intimidation as a way to try to silence the truth.

We are committed to standing up for the truth, something we believe to be sadly lacking in much of today’s journalism.

The protesters have threatened to return later this month if the paper does not issue a retraction — something we will never do. We will not give in to the thugs who are attempting to use political correctness as a tool of censorship and a weapon to shut down this newspaper.

We believe the protesters and the vandals who defaced the paper’s historic building want to deny us our First Amendment rights. This is in keeping with the revolutionary Che Guevara, who said, “We must do away with all newspapers. A revolution cannot be accomplished with freedom of the press.”

Again, thank you for your efforts to protect free speech in our country. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know your thoughts. Your reassuring words will be shared with our news team.



Arthur von Wiesenberger Co-publisher
Santa Barbara News-Press

(805) 564 5174





  • Evan

    This is just more of obama’s CRAP!
    Deport all illegals along with obama
    and his DEMOCRAPS!

  • paradoc2

    Now you did it – all the sleazy, er I mean progressive Democrats are going to spray paint up your house for calling them Democraps!
    Just say no to free speech and start thanking people for abusing your country…

  • PostTosties

    This act on our Freedom of Speech is finally waking up Americans throughout our nation as they can now see that we have a hostile foreign army in the U.S. determined to take our nation by any means! And they have brought in their Mexican dancers as proof!

  • Abraham Lizama

    This is sad bruh.

  • PostTosties

    I am using my Freedom of Speech to call you an A-hole Abraham! I hope your leader Obama is IMPEACHED!

  • sherri palmer

    They know they are here illegally, do not want us to say they are illegal aliens; they just proved our point, otherwise, why react at all, we will not be silent to flag burners, baby making machines, disease carriers, criminals, child abusers, animal rapists, gangs who fight over territory that they do not even own, cannot pay for their own drivers license, leeches, ignorant, disrespectful to the country that feeds them, their bathrooms are tin buckets, another culture that is a throwback to the stone age… I can go on and on and on…

  • SBRon

    Yep! ANYTHING you don’t like is Obama’s fault…

  • sherri palmer

    these 3rd world scum are trying to copy Hedbo, well they are scum and they don’t really want to F w/us with their food deprived short ass selves , they are nothing but copy cats, never had an original idea in their lives

  • Diane

    Abraham were you one of the spray painters?

  • Diane

    You sound so stupid Abraham, why don’t you git to a La Raza board jerk?

  • Diane

    Oh you looked in on your Third World cesspool country?

  • John

    If I went to Mexico illegally what would I be called?
    Illegal or a PRISONER?

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