Doug Manchester, the new owner and publisher of The San Diego Union-Tribune, wants his new media outlet to be a booster.
The newspaper’s new CEO, John Lynch, made that clear in an interview with me after Manchester bought the paper Nov. 17. Lynch said he wanted the newspaper’s sports page to advocate for a new Chargers stadium and call out opponents as obstructionists. He’s since revisited those remarks, telling a Union-Tribune reporter that he was “acutely aware” of the importance of an independent newsroom.
Manchester, the downtown hotelier, hasn’t said much publicly. He did this week, though, explaining his motivation for buying the paper in a KUSI interview. In his comments, he made it clear that politics played a role.