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Manchester And Lynch Discuss Plans For The U-T

Aired 12/15/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Doug Manchester, publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune

John Lynch, CEO of the San Diego Union-Tribune


Doug Manchester, owner and publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Above: Doug Manchester, owner and publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The new owner of the San Diego Union Tribune, Doug Manchester, says the newspaper should be a cheerleader for the city of San Diego. This has struck a cord of uneasiness in certain sections of the media and the public. So Mr. Manchester has been kind enough to join us today to tell us just about his goals for the UT.

Doug Manchester is a well-known developer, hotel owner and financial mover and shaker in San Diego. He built the Manchester Hyatt, Marriott Hotel and Marina and the Grand Del Mar resort.

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alas2y | December 15, 2011 at 12:15 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

My concern is that they are going to block any gay news and promote a religious only agenda

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philosopher3000 | December 15, 2011 at 12:43 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

Manchester has confused public relations with journalism. He owns much of the City of San Diego, including the City Council, and when our economy fails, he looses net worth. I can't believe you let him on the air with NO QUESTIONS from the Public! How much did he have to donate to KPBS to get that preferred treatment?

What a jingoistic idiot, how did such a sociopath amass such wealth. As part of the 0.01%, Doug Manchester has corrupted our city and county government for decades. He IS the reason why we are going through this depression. I'm looking at his record of campaign contributions right now. How can KPBS give him air-time?

You even let him disrespect Berkley! He's a coward hiding behind body guards and glass walls on the top floor, and you didn't even hold him to account. What happened to KPBS Journalism, to seek truth? You had the corrupter in your house and you let him walk free!

Now he buys up our only newspaper, to control the media! Money really is speech.

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Maureen Cavanaugh, KPBS Staff | December 15, 2011 at 3:55 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

Sorry you were disappointed with the interview. Just so you know, due to scheduling conflicts, we had to pre-tape the interview before noon so we were unable to take listener calls.

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astrofan | December 16, 2011 at 8:20 a.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

"You even let him disrespect Berkley!"

Heavens no! It's the end of civilization.

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fyministe | December 16, 2011 at 8:50 a.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

I understand Philospher3000 frustration... it was too bad there wasn't an opportunity for listeners' calls. But, that is a small point. The questions posed were enough to shine light on the Manchester/Lynch agenda. Promoting a new football stadium, being a moral compass for the community (Manchester supported Prop 8 with $120,000 donation), cheerleading/focusing on what's good about San Diego, and becoming the leadership that brings San Diego out of economic despair -- really? Not much about journalism left in this newspaper. Sad to see the UT become the mouthpiece for this arrogant 1%er.

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Ken | December 16, 2011 at 12:42 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

Before being insulted by the swipe at Berkeley, I found it to be absurd because of how trite it is, Philosopher 3000.

After thinking about it, I'd give Manchester the benefit of a doubt because I think that the guy is buying the You-Tee for a relatively small amount for a media enterprise. Inside of buying a business cheap and lowering expectations for it, (think time running in reverse in David Halberstam's history of the L.A. Times in "The Powers That Be"), taking a swipe at a Berkeley of the 1960s in the throws of the Free Speech movement panders to dead tree edition readers whose ossified minds are too stubborn to adapt to new media.

All in all, Manchester would have been better inviting listeners to a séance to contact Herb Klein: it would have sounded equally as foolish while offending no one.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 16, 2011 at 11:58 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

No listener calls? I'm sure this was masterminded by Manchester himself, anyone who says otherwise is delusional.

"Scheduling conflicts"? The show must be "pre-recorded"?

My dears at KPBS, you have every right yourselves to reject Mr. Manchester's demands, and you did not.

If Mr. Manchester has "scheduling conflicts" (translation: he refuses to deal directly with public questions), then you tell this corrupt jerk YOU have scheduling conflicts for him.

This parasite has used his connections and wealth to manipulate local politics, media and business for years in this town.

I have to agree with philosopher3000, KPBS dropped the ball on this one.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 17, 2011 at 12:04 a.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

fyministe, unfortunately the UT has been the mouthpiece for the 1% well before Manchester's purchase.

The San Diego Union Tribune is routinely acknowledged as one of the most non-credible, biased, unprofessional newspapers amongst large cities in the United States.

The sooner the UT goes under, the better for San Diego and the better for journalism in our region.

I am still hopeful Manchester's *real* plans are to gut the UT and develop some vanity hotel on the site, a golden monument to his "greatness".

As vile as that sounds, I would rather see Mr. Manchester build a golden monument to his wealth than to undermine the entire journalistic integrity of San Diego county by actually trying to operate a news outlet.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 17, 2011 at 12:16 a.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

This guy is completely clueless. He has **NO** idea what journalism is. He has an agenda, and he wants to plot to use the newspaper to fit his agenda. This interview was vomit-inducing. Mr. Manchester represents everything that's wrong with San Diego, the United States, and Earth.

I hope San Diegans are smart enough to reject this irresponsible hijacking of our largest print media outlet.

Cancel your subscriptions. **DON'T** visit the website. Ever.

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Len | December 17, 2011 at 10:57 a.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

If listeners don't call in any challenging questions, there won't be any. It is Ms Cavanaugh's custom to allow "guests" to say virtually anything, no matter how self-serving and/or absurd. I agree with other commenters that hearing Mr Manchester was not so vital that it had to be done at a time of his convenience, though that insulated him from possibly embarassing questions from the public.

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no_soup_for_you | December 17, 2011 at 3:22 p.m. ― 5 years, 3 months ago

Et tu, KPBS? It's bad enough the rest of San Diego kisses this jerk's ring finger, but I expected more from you.

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