|Former Union Tribune Columnist Tim Sullivan|
Lynch had been hired by new owner, Doug Manchester. During an interview with a San Diego radio station, Manchester openly admitted the news should be slanted to favor such projects:
"Local newspapers need to be a cheerleader for what's right and good for the country, such as promoting the new stadium or whatever," Manchester told KUSI anchors. "I felt that there's been a lack of that here in San Diego. And so that's one of the motivations."In a local alternative newspaper, the Voice of San Diego, Lynch expanded on the new U-T agenda:
|New Union Tribune CEO John Lynch|
...Lynch said he wants the paper to be pro-business. The sports page to be pro-Chargers stadium. And reporters to become stars.
"It's news information, but it's also show biz," Lynch said. "You get people to tune in and read your site or the paper when there's an 'Oh wow' in the paper."
He wants that sports page to be an advocate for a new football stadium "and call out those who don't as obstructionists."
"To my way of thinking," Lynch said, "that's a shovel-ready job for thousands."
We'd like to be a cheerleader for all that's good about San Diego," Lynch said. "Our motivation, both of us, was to do something good for San Diego."