It happened again this morning (Tuesday, April 5). The San Diego Union-Tribune ignored a large labor rally in downtown San Diego.
Last night in Civic Center Plaza, 400 to 500 people rallied and held a candle-lit vigil (see our posts here and here), and once again the main newspaper for San Diego did not run one article, not one picture with caption, not one word about it.
I say “once again” because it happened very recently ago on February 26th when a thousand San Diegans rallied in the rain in support of the working people of Wisconsin. And back then we made a little stink about the lack of coverage and championed a letter-writing campaign to the U-T. When one of our bloggers Doug Porter personally contacted the U-T about this, he even received a half-hearted apology from the editor, and one newsroom manager said they didn’t know how it was missed and hinted that because that rally was held on a weekend that somehow it was overlooked.
U-T editor Jeff Light wrote:
“I’m not sure how we missed covering Saturday’s event. I am looking into it.”
Nancy Wyld, the Newsroom Operations Manager said:
“We blew it. No simpler way to put it. I am told there was discussion that we would have something on the rally. The editor in charge that day is not in yet for me to find out what happened but this was in error.”
So, the U-T has done it again. Yesterday’s rally, “overlooked” again, was on a workday. No excuses – except ideological.
Many people, particularly working people, are not surprised. One Teamster member told me at last night’s rally, when I told him that the daily had missed the rally in late February, his reply was “we should sue them to make them take out the word ‘union’.”
Back in late February, we compared the U-T‘s lack of covering the large demonstration by unions in front of the County Admin Building with how the newspaper gave one very small gathering of tea partiers (under 20 people) double coverage in one week, with photo.
We could mount another letter-writing campaign – many who receive and read the daily actually go to the “letters section” first – or we could simply chalk it up as another failure of our major daily to be a newspaper for all San Diego, and be satisfied in our knowledge and understanding that the San Diego U-T is STILL the mouthpiece for the Republican establishment in this eighth largest city in a country that champions “free speech” and “freedom of the press”. What do you think?