Bart Mendoza 5 a.m., Dec. 8
Boycott U-T, Says Arts Writer
After it laid off iconic visual arts critic Bob Pincus last summer, the Union-Tribune tried to appease indignant people in the arts community by asking local artists, art scholars and professionals to make blog posts -- for free. Yesterday (Nov. 7), one of the contributors, Katherine Sweetman, rebelled. "We hate the Union-Tribune," she said in a blog item. "We hate the way they abruptly ended the tenure of the most important arts critic in San Diego's history....We hate editor Jeff Light and the private equity corporation ([Platinum Equity] pulling his strings...It seems to me, visual artists should be boycotting the Union-Tribune and not writing for them -- for free...I personally will be taking all my free writing elsewhere." She got a wave of positive response.