The San Diego Union Tribune is pretty much unreadable at this point. The editorial page is to the right of Atilla. The society section is peppered with weekly pics of the Lynch and Manchester families carousing out on the town. Lots of feel good stories about their cronies. And now their very own television network. "Hey, this newspaper stuff is easy, lets start a television station, too. We'll fill the airwaves with conservatives and hot chicks."
The paper is constantly shilling for Manchester's conservative pals and pet projects, any semblance of journalistic integrity and balance is long since out of the barn. Anybody who dared question the stewardship of the fishwrap was quickly cast over the side. Just ask Tim Sullivan. Not that the paper was ever good but who thought that it could ever get any worse? To make matters worse, they swallowed up the North County Times and killed it, so it is pretty much the only game in town.
Today the U.T. puts a front page story up about one of their boys, Robert Herring, starting a new conservative news channel, One America News Network. As if Fox News wasn't enough.
The new channel will air news and political talk shows that offer "substantive contrarian viewpoints to a plethora of left-leaning shouting-style political news programs," HBC said in its press release Thursday.Herring Media currently highlights the lifestyles of the rich on its Wealth TV network with shows such as "Cheese Chasers" and "Beyond the Gates." They landed an interview with Rep. Michelle Bachmann at CPAC yesterday.
"The network's studio talk programs will debate the role of government, protection of civil liberties, fiscal responsibility, along with highlighting political corruption and government waste," it said.
One America News Network's "political talk shows will tackle a number of subjects that are being ignored by media today," says HBC CEO Robert Herring, who flashed his conservative credentials in 2005 when he offered $1 million to Florida man Michael Schiavo to give up his right to decide the medical treatment of his brain-damaged wife, Terri Schiavo.
Herring says that the new network will fill the void left by other conservative news networks, such as Fox News, "known for a lot of opinions, screaming, but no substance or facts."
"We want to change that. We want to have people who have views from the center and the right, give them a platform, an outlet, where they can express their views and their views stand on their merit or fall on the lack thereof," says Charles Herring.
Uh, great Chuck. What about the rest of us? What are we, chopped liver?
Mr. Hayworth certainly has the right to his views, just as I have the right not to listen to him. But one has to wonder why you put a polarizing figure like him on a sagging sports show with a dinosaur like Hamilton. The one time I did listen in, he was calling San Francisco pitcher Lincecum a "freak," assuming it is because of his long hair, or was it the past marijuana use? Are we back to that?
I rarely listen to terrestrial radio any more anyway. Satellite radio has channels for every taste, without the commercials and they don't shove right wing politicians down your throat. Occasionally I like to check out local sports. I haven't been able to listen to XX1090 in the morning since the demise of the Scott and Billy Ray show. Kaplan may have been a sexist pig but he was at least funny.
But why on earth would John Moores hire this Hayworth guy? Maybe he resonates in a red state like Arizona, he won't here. Will be interesting to see if he sticks to sports. From what I've heard, I kind of doubt it. This guy will be the nail in the coffin for me in regards to ever listening to XX1090 again.