Robert Bush 11:18 p.m., May 25
Another Honest Journalist Canned by U-T
Voice of San Diego reports this morning (June 2) that sports columnist Tim Sullivan is out at the Union-Tribune. Sullivan confirmed his ouster to the online publication by twitter, although his past columns are still on the U-T website. This is almost certainly another case of propaganda triumphing over truth. Sullivan was not a boot-licking sports journalist. Throughout the controversy over the subsidizing of Petco Park, Sullivan took a balanced, realistic approach, as opposed to other sportswriters who were toadies for sports owners, and remain so.
Upon buying the U-T, "Papa Doug" Manchester and his sidekick John Lynch announced that the paper would be even more of a propaganda rag. The paper had to be cheerleaders for local businesses. Anyone covering the attempt at a second downtown sports scam — a massively subsidized Chargers stadium — would have to be in favor of it, and denounce any opponent as an obstructionist, declared Lynch. But Sullivan continued to cock an eyebrow at the idea, although he didn't come out against it. (What sportswriter could?) On May 27, Sullivan wrote a column about a local neurosurgeon who won't let his son play football because of possible brain injuries. I wondered at the time if that would be the end for Sullivan. (Incidentally, I don't know Sullivan, and I don't remember even having met him, although we were at the U-T at the same time.)
These insults to San Diego's intelligence have been piling up rapidly since Manchester and Lynch took over. If editor Jeff Light has any integrity whatsoever, he will resign.