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Roundtable: Sale Of UT; Dire Straits For Schools; Guilty Pleas In SEDC Case

Aired 11/18/11 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Roundtable guests this week:

Mark Sauer, KPBS News Senior Editor

Emily Alpert, education reporter,

Will Carless, investigative reporter,


We speak with KPBS News Senior Editor Mark Sauer and Education Reporter Emily Alpert on the show.

Evening Edition airs weekdays at 5 PM and 6:30 PM on KPBS TV.

In this week's roundtable:

Controversial developer Doug Manchester has purchased The San Diego Union-Tribune from Platinum Equity and hired a local broadcasting executive to run it.

The budget deficit at the San Diego Unified School District is worse than thought.

And after three years of denials, the former leader of the Southeast Development Corporation and her lieutenant have pleaded guilty to embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.

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SandraWilliams | November 18, 2011 at 1:25 p.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

- RE: Manchester purchase of U-T. It's disappointing that there is yet an even greater apparent low point in the evolution of the Union-Tribune. My husband and I gave up on the U-T years ago – primarily due to the generally simplistic and narrow approach toward most subjects covered in the paper. After the post-Copley evisceration of most of the serious news staff, however, we became actively dismissive of the publication. Currently we revel in the journalistic offerings of the N.Y. Times (newspaper & on-line). Other sources include the occasional L.A. Times, KPBS radio & T.V., BBC, CNN, MSNBC, professional journals, professional on-line sources (i.e. Common Dreams), various on-line news columns (Slate, etc.).

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Peking_Duck_SD | November 18, 2011 at 6:01 p.m. ― 5 years, 4 months ago

@ SandraWilliams, great post. It mimics my experience with the UT almost exactly. I never subscribed to it but I was a reader of the online version and have intentionally been boycotting it since about a few months ago after they pretty much let Rep. Darrell Issa write his own response to the NYT article about his corruption.

The sad thing about alternate media like the LA Times, NYT and the big cable networks is that they think San Diego doesn't exist (I guess the LA Times is a small exception because they do have an SD Bureau Chief).

Whenever anything happens in "Southern California" it is LA-centered, and it needs to be a REALLY big news event to get all the national media reps to come down here from their posts in LA.

I love the local KPBS radio coverage, Alison St. John does great reporting on local politics and issues. I also love KPBS radio's coverage of local arts events.

As far as the UT, someone should start a "boycott the UT" facebook page. It would be interesting to see how many are going to use the Manchester takeover to once and for all stop reading the joke that is the UT.

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