Hey, Mark Sauer and Press – Be Careful With the Word “Pretty”

by on November 3, 2015 · 4 comments

in Culture, Election, Media, Ocean Beach, Politics, Women's Rights

KPBS Gretch 10-30-15 vidcapt

Screen capture of “pretty-boy” Mark Sauer, KPBS, 10-30-15

By South OB Girl

Have you seen the KPBS round table footage from Friday Oct 30th, discussing Ocean Beach Town Council President Gretchen Newsom’s candidacy for mayor?

(Discussion of the mayoral campaign begins at 10:35 in the above link.)

One panelist, Tony Perry– San Diego Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times– referred to Ocean Beach as the People’s Republic of Ocean Beach (a long-time “nickname” favored by certain mainstream reporters). Perhaps some find that appealing. Perhaps some find that appalling.

The panel leader, Mark Sauer, commented that Gretchen Newsom and Gavin Newsom, California lieutenant governor, have the same last name. And he also commented that Ms. Newsom is “pretty,” like Gavin Newsom.

Commenting on the use of the word pretty in the KPBS footage, Gretchen’s public page says “It distracts from the issues and it’s sexist.”

Newsom’s campaign is just beginning. But she is raising the heat already for political commentators and Mayor Kevin Faulconer who previously thought he might have an easy and unopposed election.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

OB Dude November 3, 2015 at 10:51 am

I saw that segment and thought that was inappropriate for a KPBS show …. unless Sauers wants to comment on Faulconers’ looks also I believe a public apology is due to Ms. Newsom.


Frank Gormlie November 3, 2015 at 10:59 am

I’ve always thought Kevin was kind of pretty too.


Steve November 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm

For those who don’t want to watch the whole video clip, the “pretty” comment can be found starting at the 15:27 mark.


norma damashek November 3, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Mark Sauer used to work for Donna Frye when she was on the City Council. I assume they still have a good working relationship so maybe she could do everyone a favor and slap him up the side of his head. That’ll learn him…


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