KPBS is giving itself a big pat on the back for what it calls its “exclusive coverage of the San Diego Mayor Bob Filner story.” A glossy pamphlet put out by the station, which is run by San Diego State University, says, “Time and again, as the story developed over many weeks, KPBS was trusted to air exclusive interviews from victims, broke developments in the case, and maintained journalistic integrity while covering a sensitive news story.”

The latter line is believed by close observers to make ironic reference to the station’s continued dependence on stalwart Filner foe and Qualcomm billionaire Irwin Jacobs for much of its funding. … Until recently, the most famous San Diego donor to the gubernatorial hopes of the GOP’s Neel Kashkari has been Ralph “Buzz” Woolley, the anti-union financier and chair of the Voice of San Diego news and opinion website. Now comes Dale Yahnke, the self-styled investment advisor at Dowling & Yahnke, who already kicked in $10,000 back in January, with another $5000. …

Brian Maienschein’s Republican assembly re-election bid has of late received $1000 from Koch Industries, run by the conservative Koch brothers from Wichita, Kansas.

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monaghan Aug. 6, 2014 @ 1:05 p.m.

A glossy PAMPHLET, you say? KPBS gets more ridiculous by the day.

The station's one-year anniversary reprise of the Fall of Mayor Filner -- including weirdly heartfelt interviews with strange-voiced female reporters, complicit City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and manhandled ex-communications director and office mole Irene McCormick-Jackson (now much richer than a year ago, what with Council-approved unemployment benefits and a $250,000 payout from the accused) blessedly has come to an end, we so fervently hope.

Anyone who contributes a dime to the KPBS organization ought to think again, after its role in hosting, promoting and capitalizing on this civic disaster.


HonestGovernment Aug. 6, 2014 @ 3:39 p.m.

How utterly tacky. Just when you think the coastal-Republican types will don their tidy business wear and LL Bean-type casuals,and start pretending to behave somewhat civilly, like Gentleman Jerry did in his early candidate interviews ...


rehftmann Aug. 6, 2014 @ 5:01 p.m.

It didn't happen over night, but the end of public financing has turned "public broadcasting" into beggars who aren't choosers. The quality of their station id's, fundraising commercials, donor recognitions, and self-promo's, on and on and on, are evidence of what money can't buy. Their reliance on BBC and other purchased content, and paucity of original content or support of local talent, ended my contributions years ago. It would be unkind to deny Kroc, Jacobs, Shiley, Sycuan, Sempra, and other one-percenters the opportunity to buy publicly broadcast indulgences at the not-so-high altar of San Diego culture.


Sjtorres Aug. 9, 2014 @ 12:43 a.m.

Anyone that has listened to KPBS over the years knows that it's a decidedly left of center organization and it shows this obviously in it's broadcasts.


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