Just how real is news purveyed by the U-T?

Getting pushy

Phoney-baloney news on proposed soccer stadium: “San Diego State University would pay half the cost; private investors would pay the rest.”
  • Phoney-baloney news on proposed soccer stadium: “San Diego State University would pay half the cost; private investors would pay the rest.”

“Conquer your fear of sharing fake news by keeping it real,” goes a recent email pitch for bargain online subscription rates from the financially flagging San Diego Union-Tribune. “148 years of trusted journalism is a click away.”

Just how real is news purveyed by the U-T? Last week the paper ran a story about the results of a survey it had conducted with television station KGTV, purporting to show that respondents overwhelmingly favored a new Major League Soccer stadium to be built by La Jolla–based FS Investors in Mission Valley.

“A poll of 700 adults conducted for The San Diego Union-Tribune and KGTV-10 News by SurveyUSA showed that 70 percent support the soccer proposal, with men, young people and Hispanics the most in favor,” the paper reported. But a gray box under the U-T’s story revealed that to come with that lop-sided result pollsters told respondents an untruth, asserting that “San Diego State University would pay half the cost; private investors would pay the rest.”

In the real news world, no such deal has been reached with SDSU or the city, and the actual proposed cost to taxpayers of the megamillion-dollar project, to be built on city-owned land, is yet to be established. “We have been engaged in discussions (with FS Investors),” SDSU’s Gina Jacobs is quoted by the school’s KPBS-TV as saying. “We received the proposal at the same time it was released. We’re reviewing it and are excited to see what the rest of the proposal is.”

Media insiders have it that the U-T fears being hard hit revenue-wise by the departure of the Chargers for Los Angeles and is seeking a quick substitute in the form of professional soccer.

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The U-T management has chosen to focus on the most frivolous 'news'- sports, celebrities, comics, obits, entertainment, etc. They regurgitate the posturing of local and national politicians without questioning.

We have scores of government agencies and utility companies who make decisions that effect San Diegans (voters who need information). There are powerful developers and other private parties who influence our leaders and our lives, but they are generally hidden from view by local media. U-T has chosen not to inform us of what they are doing. We have scores of elected officials and bureaucrats who effect our lives but the U-T rarely casts a critical eye in their direction. For instance, they should have known about the dark side of Bob Filner years before, but they waited until he was already under attack to speak up.

Around the turn of the century I attended council meetings of a local city and there was always a (part-time) reporter from the U-T taking notes. That ended long ago. OTOH, I suspect that there are several reporters attending ball games and society events.

Grumble, grumble... But there are still some excellent reporters there. Let's hope that things will improve and they will choose 'news you can use' some day soon.

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