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The Watchdog Institute, which is housed at San Diego State, announced today that its relationship with the Union-Tribune will end Sept. 30. The institute was set up after Platinum Equity took over the U-T last year and began trimming heads. Lorie Hearn, who had been in effect the number two editorial person at the U-T, set up the institute at SDSU. Platinum contributed to it. The institute was supposed to do local investigative reporting, but from the outset, there was skepticism among local press veterans that it would rock any establishment boats because of the ties to SDSU. The institute also said today that it will set up a bureau in Washington, D.C., and expects to get a "substantial grant from a national foundation." Although it is splitting from the U-T, the institute says it will continue to collaborate with KGTV Channel 10, KPBS, the Imperial Valley Press, and the U-T.

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Founder Aug. 18, 2010 @ 2:55 p.m.

Watch Out, that dog may bite!

In fact, it seems that they are going for the Money, DC money (read Political) and will probably be quite busy come election time, protecting their Masters property...


Don Bauder Aug. 18, 2010 @ 5:10 p.m.

Response to post #1: Yes, I would like to know who that Sugar Daddy is -- and why it purportedly intends to give the money. Best, Don Bauder


Bob McPhail Aug. 20, 2010 @ 12:06 p.m.

Lorie Hearn? Now there's a real gem of journalistic ethics for you. She seems to weather whatever storm blows her way. Wonder how?


Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2010 @ 12:46 p.m.

Response to post #3: The headline on the institute's press release was "Watchdog Institute Adds Washington Bureau." The institute's breakup with the U-T was mentioned in the 9th paragraph. Best, Don Bauder


Founder Aug. 20, 2010 @ 1:46 p.m.

Now that the SCOUS has ruled, that Business can donate to Political Campaigns, it looks like there will be a feeding frenzy in DC, for Congressional promotional money...

Institutional Media Spinners have replaced Reporters, as they control the news, which is then only later reported on.


Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2010 @ 5:45 p.m.

Response to post #5: I have no idea if the purported grant will be from an outfit wanting its own spin. Best, Don Bauder


realnews Aug. 21, 2010 @ 8:21 a.m.

Wait a second....the U-T, Laurie Hearn, as well as The Reader have been ignoring the largest court in the country, (also the most unregulated) for decades. That would be family court, where the real action - crimes and money laundering - play out Daily.

For example, John Moores wanted his wife's jewelery declared, "community property."

During their trial he repeatedly pestered deputies to tell him where a back door was, so he could avoid news cameras stationed at the front.

Watchdog? The U-T sent a sports writer to cover the trial. Which pretty much guaranteed Moores power plays would go unnoticed and unreported.)

This week, Irvine Company billionaire, Don Bren, is in trial for back-child support.

It was Jane Welch's attorneys who revealed Jack Welch's extreme GE retirement package...via family court litigation during their divorce. You'd think by now editors might have a clue as where the really interesting business stories begin.

But you'd be wrong.

For the real deal on family court, and its judges, see Familylawcourts.com and/or www.SanDiegoJudges.com


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2010 @ 10:10 a.m.

Response to post #7: I have found good information on both those websites. Best, Don Bauder


Childishly Aug. 21, 2010 @ 8:31 p.m.

7 realnews, The Moores divorce never went to trial. Look it up. You are imagining things.


Childishly Aug. 21, 2010 @ 8:40 p.m.

Don, Sorry about that. Your blog has been infiltrated by the crazy lady of SD divorce court, aka realnews. You can look it up. 90 percent of what she says is not true. I just don't want you to get sued because of her false posts.


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2010 @ 9:29 p.m.

Response to post #9: I didn't follow the Moores divorce matter but I believe that, while it may not have been settled in court, there was action there. The papers were sealed, as I recall. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2010 @ 9:33 p.m.

Response to post #10: Again, to the best of my memory, the Moores case WAS in court. I don't know the resolution, if there has been one. I remember the story about Jack Welch and believe that "real news" is correct. I don't know about Bren. Best, Don Bauder


Founder Aug. 22, 2010 @ 7:56 a.m.

It may be obvious, but as a City's newspaper and or other forms of "reporting" get stifled, it's Citizens usually get stuck with "Much Less" from the people with "More".

Now that the UT has become more like a local "pro business" info paper, San Diego can expect to remain in the dark about much of the future Leadership decisions and the reasons behind them.

Control the media and you control the masses; one only has to count the number of genuine bloggers on this site to realize that most folks in San Diego are now just struggling trying to make ends meet and don't take or have the time to engage in debate or even exchange ideas; this creates an ideal breeding ground for City Government Legislative excess...

Welcome to "New San Diego", where the Wealthy Rule...


Don Bauder Aug. 22, 2010 @ 8:35 a.m.

Response to post #13: I don't think the phenomenon is new. It's worse than it ever was, of course, but the downtown business overlords ran the city 40 years ago. The difference was that in those days, there were aggressive prosecutors who put malefactors behind bars. Remember, John Alessio and C. Arnholt Smith spent time in custody for their scams. Best, Don Bauder


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