Eva Knott 9:36 a.m., May 23
Don't Diss "Papa Doug's" Friends in UT Book Section
National media commentators are writing about how "Papa Doug" Manchester, owner of the UT, is using the publication for his personal propaganda purposes. Another example showed up in the May 25-27 weekend edition of Counterpunch. Thomas Larson, a Reader contributor, relates how the UT book editor, Lisa Sullivan, asked him to review "Capitalist at Large: Reflections of an International Entrepreneur," by James Jameson. Larson's review was negative. Jameson's book was "poorly conceived and unengaging, too often a list of his triumphs," Larson writes in Counterpunch. "It is almost entirely self-congratulatory and unreflective." Editor Jeff Light would not publish Larson's review because it reflected negatively on a local author, according to Sullivan. Say what? You can't write negatively about a book written by a local author? Larson looked in the index and saw there were four references to Manchester, "all glowing." Hmm. Larson doesn't have to say more. The rejected review is printed in the Counterpunch article.