Matt Potter 3:38 p.m., Dec. 10
So is Manchester negotiating to buy LA Times?
La Jolla Patch says that Manchester misunderstood a question
The La Jolla Patch reported at almost midnight Monday (Feb. 11) that U-T San Diego publisher Papa Doug Manchester mistakenly told a Republican women's group yesterday that he was in negotiations to buy the Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times and other papers. Late last night, says Patch, U-T San Diego chief executive John Lynch explained that Manchester, who had just returned from traveling, misunderstood a question from the audience and indicated the U-T was interested in the Tribune. Patch quoted people who attended the speech stating they definitely heard Manchester say he was in negotiations for the purchase. This morning, Voice of San Diego quoted a Patch editor saying that Manchester had made the statement. The question of who may or may not be bidding for the Tribune Co., which emerged from a lengthy bankruptcy at the end of December, has been a subject of rumors for some time.