Hotel magnate and gay-marriage-hater Doug Manchester announced last month that he was buying the San Diego Union-Tribune for $110 million. Today, the Voice of San Diego reports that Manchester has told a local TV news program what role he wants the newspaper to play:
“Local newspapers need to be a cheerleader for what’s right and good for the country, such as promoting the new stadium or whatever,” Manchester told KUSI anchors. “I felt that there’s been a lack of that here in San Diego. And so that’s one of the motivations.”
Local news outlets cheerleading for sports projects has a long tradition, of course. They’re just usually not quite so bald-faced about it.