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The blowback from councilmember Carl DeMaio's recent admission that he met with U-T San Diego's publisher and CEO, despite saying otherwise at a recent mayoral debate, has now ended up on the pages of Facebook.

The page was created by Bob Filner's chief campaign consultant Tom Shepard and is entitled -- "G-U-I-L-T-Y." As of Saturday, Shepard's post had 38 followers.

At the heading is a link to a report from 10News where DeMaio denies meeting publicly with U-T Doug Manchester and John Lynch. DeMaio also rejected accusations that the purpose of the meetings was to discuss a controversial proposal from Manchester and Lynch to build a new Chargers stadium along the waterfront.

Instead, DeMaio said the meetings were private and did not need to be disclosed publicly.

In the comment section on Facebook, U-T Watchdog editor Ricky Young defended his paper and the councilmember for having private meetings with U-T brass.

"Yeah, I don't really get what makes this an 'admission,'" wrote Young, sparking the debate.

"I totally understand denial on the part of DeMaio partisans, and I think we all know why Ricky 'doesn't get it.' But this story and it's impact on the race aren't going away," responded Shepard.

Young fired back in a series of comments:

"Tom, say what you like about the paper, but I don't appreciate that suggestion about me... What I don't get is, why does someone have to "admit" that they met with the U-T? Is Jerry Sanders going to start "admitting" to all the meetings he had with the U-T?

"The whole thing mystifies me, sounds all cloak and dagger. Is anyone surprised that Carl met with his supporters in the ownership of the newspaper? Why is this news, even?

"...I guess this is just a new metric to me -- advocates of transparency must disclose all their campaign meetings. Did Tom's client Jerry Sanders do that? Is Bob Filner doing that? And even if they did, would it be a big scandalous revelation to learn that Filner met with labor, for instance? Would people call him G.U.I.L.T.Y.?"

The back and forth on Facebook is another case of U-T San Diego's CEO and publisher making headlines of their own.

The most recent case involved a series of emails from Lynch to Port Commissioner Scott Peters where the U-T CEO threatened to lobby for the dissolution of the Port Commission if a long-term lease with Dole Food Company was extended.

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ricky Oct. 6, 2012 @ 4:43 p.m.

Dorian, I appreciate that you found my comments newsworthy. I would just clarify one thing: I made my remarks to Tom in addition to publishing stories in the U-T, not instead of.


Burwell Oct. 6, 2012 @ 5:32 p.m.

I knew that DeMaio was no damn good for nothing the first day he showed up in town.


Dorian Hargrove Oct. 6, 2012 @ 6:05 p.m.

Ricky, I'm glad that you appreciate the newsworthiness of the story. I do see your point and made the appropriate changes. Thanks.


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