“There’s no good journalism in San Diego!” We hear that every now and then, especially from snooty local journalists who should know better.
In fact, local media outlets produce some mighty fine work. Check out these remarkable stories from 2013 that left us with a greater understanding of this place we call home:
Uncovered: Cabal Behind Political Blitzkrieg
The story: “Secret Anti-Demaio Campaign Revealed Group’s Assault Aimed to Damage Demaio,” by Craig Gustafson, U-T San Diego, March 24, 2013.
What it’s about: In 2012, a secretive group produced a 200-page “dossier” and nagged local reporters to jump on a bunch of nasty allegations regarding mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio and his partner. With one exception, media outlets were unimpressed by the charges and refused to publish or air stories.
Who was behind the skullduggery? The U-T uncovered the answer: “some of the city’s biggest movers and shakers” clandestinely plotted to push DeMaio, a Republican, out of the race.
Excerpt: “[Fred] Maas and his cohorts may have run afoul of state and local campaign laws when they raised money for the project and failed to disclose its financial backers or spending activity. The group continued to resist subpoena attempts by local and state investigators for information throughout the mayor’s race as those involved tried to keep their roles in the project from being made public by saying it was a journalistic endeavor.”