Ed Bedford 11:58 p.m., May 20
U-T Wouldn't Print Issa Piece, Draws Criticism
At left: art from Poynter report
On Aug. 15, the New York Times ran a long, front page story on how North County Rep. Darrell Issa continues running businesses rather than putting his money in a blind trust, as other politicians do. Moreover, the story showed how Issa uses his influence to get federal money that enhances his investments. The Union-Tribune did not run the story, although it runs many New York Times syndicated pieces.
On Aug. 19, Times columnist Floyd Norris showed how Issa fleeced small investors in taking a publicly-held company private. The Union-Tribune has only done a story showing how Issa is fighting the Times's charges. Jim Romenesko, journalism columnist for Poynter.org, did a piece Aug. 23 (yesterday) telling how the U-T decided not to run the information dug up by the Times, supposedly so it can do its own investigation. Romenesko quotes some of the letters to the U-T on the topic.
The Reader ran long summaries of both stories on its News Ticker blog.