San Diego Union-Trib owner: Newspapers are for backing stadiums

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.


12 comments on “San Diego Union-Trib owner: Newspapers are for backing stadiums

  1. Does he have to be a gay marriage “hater” rather than an “opponent”? Seems you’re violating your established rule of avoiding personal attacks.

  2. Well newspapers and sports have had a symbiotic relationship for over 100 years.

    What do you expect them to do, advocate no public funding of pro-sports venues and not reporting game results?

  3. The biggest “shill” for the communist/socialist tactic of using taxpayer money to fund stadiums and line the pockets of the owners and players unions is the St. Petersburg Times.

  4. I’d suggest we boycott newspapers until they start writing fair, balanced news stories on things we care about. Then I remember – we’re all pretty much doing that already.

  5. The San Jose Mercury is apparently not even going to bother running a single letter from people questioning the recently announced financing deal in Santa Clara.

    Over the past week and a half many individuals, such as myself, have sent letters to the Mercury commenting on the risks involved.

    To date not one of these letters has been published.

    They did however run a letter from a resident in support of the stadium today.

    I think it’s safe to conclude that the visions of full pages ads, such as the one the 49ers recently bought comparing the stadium to be to the antiquities of Greece and Rome, are going to be a salvation.

    Glad I canceled my subscription after 30 years.

  6. The San Jose Mercury is apparently not even going to bother running a single letter from people questioning the recently announced financing deal in Santa Clara.

    Over the past week and a half many individuals, such as myself, have sent letters to the Mercury commenting on the risks involved.

    To date not one of these letters has been published.

    They did however run a letter from a resident in support of the stadium today.

    I think it’s safe to conclude that the visions of full pages ads, such as the one the 49ers recently bought comparing the stadium to be to the antiquities of Greece and Rome, are going to be a salvation.

    Glad I canceled my subscription after 30 years.

  7. @SCJ – Yep, we canceled too during the Measure J campaign. After 20+ years of paying for daily paper delivery. And the papers decry their loss of revenue from paid subscriptions, yet don’t look at why people cancel.

    A while ago a SJ Merc reporter did a study on what people don’t like about the paper, ostensibly to make improvements. The biggest complaint was ‘bias’ in their coverage. That complaint was ignored.

    The only bummer to the cancellation is no paper to line pet cages. Now we have to get the SF Chronicle from the neighbors for that. Of course, there’s always the Santa Clara Weekly….

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