Thank god, someone reads this site besides all the people we email with notes saying “you might find this story of interest.” Proof: Peter Getty, of the Peter and Billy Getty City Brights blogging duo, did what we could not do to them, and left us a comment.

Sorry to punch a hole in one of the (seemingly) more plausible reasons to despise us that have brought such joy to so many, but I’m afraid it is not, repeat NOT, true that we asked that comments on our blog be disabled. The truth, disappointingly, is that someone at sfgate recommended to Billy that comments not appear, and he, being entirely unacquainted with blogging, accepted this advice without consulting me. I was horrified to learn of it, which I only did when the blog first appeared, and we immediately corrected it. Our posts will from now on be open to comments, and I’m sure you’ll treat them with the fairness and understanding that we’ve come to expect. It was an error made by a novice given some very bad advice, not proof of our decadence and your moral superiority to us. Sorry.

I emailed Peter, saying:

What you’re saying is consistent with our story, as we say:

“We reached out to some sources at the Gate, who told us that City Brights authors are offered the option not to be commented on, and that the Gettys chose not to hear reader feedback on their work.”

Except, of course, that it was just Billy who opted out, not the two of you.

So we made a correction, but wanted to clarify in greater detail, so here we are:

We here at the Appeal don’t really care that much about the content of the Getty blog — we’ll leave the commentary on its subject matter to cleverer folks than we are. At risk of sounding smarter than I really am, Brideshead Revisited is one of my favorite books ever, like, up there with Lunar Park and A Child Across The Sky, so obviously I’m interested in seeing where this blog heads, but that’s immaterial.

The bullshit we’re calling is that for whatever reason, SFGate seems more interested in protecting their City Brights bloggers from their commenters than the reporters (and, as C-Big quite rightly points out, subjects) of stories in the Chronicle newsroom. On top of that bullshit, let’s put a cherry of bad thinking, because by failing to allow comments means fewer pageviews, which means fewer ads served, which means less money for what we all know is an already struggling organization.

Props to the Gettys for getting in the mix. We can’t wait to see their next post and its comments. But they’re not the only City Brights who were either advised against or who opted out of allowing comments on their Gate blogs, just the ones we noticed.

Who’s still exhibiting proof of their decadence and our moral superiority to them? Here you go:

Writer/BartenderAlan Black

Ballet Master, SF BalletRicardo Bustamante

Investigative Reporter / ColumnistLeslie Griffith

Prez, Blue Shield of CA FoundationCrystal Hayling

Bay Area Talk Show HostRonn Owens

Poet, PlaywrightIshmael Reed

Author / Booklover / Observer of NeighborhoodsMichelle Richmond

Sustainability HonchoDave Stockdale

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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  • Matt Baume

    This is going to be one of those situations where no matter what happens, every single person involved will believe that it proves that their opinion about everyone else is correct.

  • Eve Batey

    Always a comfort in these troubling and unsettled times.

  • Brock Keeling

    Peter likes cats. That’s kinda cool.

  • DJTennessee

    Whither Rich “Big Vinny” Liebermann?

  • Eve Batey

    Big Vinny allows comments, hence his exclusion from the “City Brights bloggers who do not have comments” list.

  • Greg Dewar

    The City Brights section is just the latest disaster from the geniuses at upper management over there. I mean, Ronn Owens is a groovy guy and all, but he already has a talk show for several HOURS a day FIVE days a week. It’s not like I can’t hear what Ronn Owens has to say ( and I do quite a bit whenever I visit the family down south).

    I’m not sure why I need to hear the cries of the rich and powerful in Yet Another Section of the Chronicle, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned on Intervention it’s that you can’t help someone unless they want to be helped. So let the Chron mainline crazy until they choose otherwise.

  • Peter Getty

    Hey, gang. I want to thank Eve for clarifying the error about our comments section. When I explained the mistake, she offered, very graciously, to clarify it, which she has. Clarify it in rather fine print, mind you, and without acknowledging the immense glee universally exhibited over it, but that’s more than I expected, and considering the orgy of hate our attempt to humanize ourselves to our readers was so easily whipped into by one article in Gawker–an article so wildly inflammatory, misleading, untrue and self-congratulatory–my brother and I, for example, are to thank him for reaching a “more perfect” (what a moron) understanding of what it’s like to be ourselves–that any acknowledgement of their completely unjustified and unjustifiable attack would be impossible. It would require integrity, which its author either discarded as a burden or, more likely, never possessed.

    By the way; I tried to leave a comment pointing out some of the more transparent lies in it. Guess what? I couldn’t. You have to earn their acceptance by submitting an unspecified number of comments for them to judge. I wonder how my brother and I would be treated if we’d adopted such a rule.

  • Brock Keeling

    All of the “print” on SFAppeal, I believe, is done in the same sized font.

  • Beth S.

    Allow ME to express my immense glee at the Getty Brothers offering comments on future blog posts. I think it’s great and totally appreciate that perhaps, Peter, you and your brother took the wrong advice.
    But for all of these corrections and clarifications you’ve offered today, and thank you for doing so, you seem just as riled up and defensive as everyone else. Why not let your future posts speak for themselves? Maybe the more well read, the more well understand your perspective.
    Until then, Id ease up on the integrity talk if you plan to continue to allow your biography to state: Peter Getty has flirted occasionally with real work, but finding it wearisome, has returned full time to his first love, watching television.
    I wanna like you, I really do. But that bio from an adult offering us his thoughts inherited privilege is, well, askin for it

  • PatriciaA

    Wow, just like after Jesus died and went to hell for three days before ascending into heaven…the devil is always in the details.

    I just love SFAppeal, I do, truly even from a far, far, galaxy in the valley ( silicon not Potrero Hill mind you )

    Now I would not be a good Prostestant if I didn’t tell you that I will be the Hot dog stand in the third circle on the right when you finally get to your destination….

    I just hope Romana will give me a good review for my Happy hour ( free whole dill pickles!)

  • dantsea

    But let’s not forget the most hilarious use of comments by a City Brights blogger, those of Jo Silver, caught red-handed trying to drum up business for Beach Blanket Babylon with the help of her sockpuppets.