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Papers bicker over errors, 'silent partners'

East Bay Express editor Stephen Buel, who purchased his newspaper from the Village Voice Media chain with the help of investors, is complaining about mistakes the Berkeley Daily Planet made in covering the sale. Planet Editor Becky O’Malley has acknowledged the errors but still wants to know the identities of the investors. A few names have come out, such as Express co-founder Kelly Vance and Monterey County Weekly founder Bradley Zeve, but Buel says he doesn’t plan to identify certain “silent partners.”

Buel complained about the Planet’s coverage in a letter to the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, which had posted information from a Planet story on its Web site. Buel’s letter says:

The Planet ran this correction and Editor O’Malley sent this response to the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies:

Now that she’s corrected the errors, O’Malley still wants to know who owns the Express. She writes:

An Express reader raised similar questions on an EBX blog and Buel offered this response:

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