The vast majority of San Diegans disapprove – way more than approve – the job performance of the U-T San Diego’s publisher, “Papa” Doug Manchester.
A new joint OB Rag – San Diego Free Press poll showed that 77% of over 100 respondents disapproved of Manchester’s job performance by giving him an “F” for failing while only 9% gave him an “A” or “B”.
Seven per cent gave Manchester a “D”, while 3% gave him an “Incomplete” and 3% said “Other”. Combining the “D’s” with the failing and incomplete grades gives Manchester an 87% disapproval rate.
Manchester, a hard right anti-gay, and anti-union Republican, took over the U-T San Diego a little more than a year and half ago. Manchester owns and has owned numerous large hotels in and around downtown San Diego and has built a veritable empire, becoming a member of San Diego’s esteemed Establishment.
Yet, over this time, Manchester’s extreme partisan politics have waded not only into the editorial page of the U-T, but also onto the front page, the news section. The articles the paper publishes have waged a daily campaign against San Diego’s most liberal mayor in history, whether through op-ed pieces, editorial cartoons, or the seemingly “straight” news pieces – Filner has been Manchester’s target since the primary election.
Manchester’s policies have overshadowed the ability of the monopoly newspaper to maintain an ostensible “neutrality” media stance locally. Many San Diegans have come to view the U-T as simply a propaganda organ for the Republican Party, losing all semblance of being a paper for all San Diegans. Manchester, his partner and editors have never accepted the defeat of their boy, Carl DeMaio, for mayor. They just have not been able to understand the changing demographics in San Diego and the political winds that these changes have created.
Manchester’s inability to “get past” last year’s election reflects a deep disrespect for the American political and electoral system. His naked efforts to try to get a “recall” campaign started against Filner – in office for only 7 months – now demonstrate in high relief his moral weaknesses as the chief sponsor of this City’s primary paper.
Some may question the thinness of the respondent numbers in this poll, yet the U-T San Diego today just published the results of their poll against Mayor Filner and were able to claim in a headline that “more in poll disapprove” of the mayor than approve – with only a mere 500 respondents! With only 500 respondents out of a City of 1.3 million, the U-T can claim their poll showed that “more San Diegans disapprove …” of the Democratic mayor than approve.
The joint progressive news poll had 20% of those numbers, so we are able to make similar claims. The “vast majority” of San Diegans based on our poll disapprove of Manchester’s job performance.