When hotelier and U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester bought the North County Times last week for $11.95 million, he consolidated control over both of San Diego’s major daily newspapers. With the purchase, the man who calls himself Papa Doug became the county’s most powerful media figure.
Here are four key takeaways I’ve tried to drive home when I’ve made radio and TV appearances talking about the North County Times purchase and what readers should expect.
1. Manchester spent roughly $122 million for two newspapers, he can do what he wants with them. Buy a newspaper, and you can print all the front-page editorials you want. You can support and criticize whatever candidates and initiatives you like.