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San Diego media baron promotes conservative causes

October 22, 2012 • Business


In this photo taken Oct. 10, 2012, John Lynch, CEO of the U-T San Diego newspaper, reads mail in his office in San Diego. Lynch and his partner Douglas Manchester gave their 143-year-old newspaper a new slogan — “The World’s Greatest Country & America’s Finest City” — ran a front-page editorial that declared their plan to reshape the city’s downtown waterfront their highest priority, and forecast doom if President Barack Obama wins re-election. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The new media barons of America’s eighth-largest city are upfront about wanting to use their newspaper to promote their agenda of downtown development and politically conservative causes — and they are making their points in a brash, bare-knuckle style.

Douglas Manchester and his partner John Lynch gave their 143-year-old newspaper a new slogan — “The World’s Greatest Country & America’s Finest City” — ran a front-page editorial that declared their plan to reshape the city’s downtown waterfront their highest priority, and forecast doom if President Barack Obama wins re-election.

Manchester, who became wealthy building hotels during the dawn of San Diego’s downtown renaissance and insists on being called “Papa Doug,” bought The San Diego Union-Tribune last year and its most serious competitor, the North County Times, this month. As he and Lynch eye expansion to Los Angeles and other major cities, they are frank about seeking to use their new platforms to advance their agenda — and they think they can make a profit while they’re at it.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Lynch said the new owners bought the newspaper in part to promote their views in editorials. He called those views pro-family, pro-military and pro-America, and said “anybody who isn’t shouldn’t be living here.”

“We think our country is on the edge of real, real danger, and you have to stand up, and that was a huge part of why we bought this,” said Lynch, vice Login to read more

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