Columbia Journalism Review Eviscerates OC Register for Its Lapdog Coverage of Angels Stadium Controversy
The shine of Aaron Kushner-led Orange County Register continues to lose its, um, shine, as national media watchers pay attention to what we've been saying from the beginning: Despite hiring hundreds of reporters, fattening the paper and doubling down on the future of dailies as a viable industry, the end result is little better than what the Register used to be -- a booster paper for the rich with little-to-no actual news.
Nowhere has this been more evident than in the paper's coverage of your Anaheim Angels, specifically the controversy surrounding owner Arte Moreno's efforts to become a welfare queen via a new stadium lease. The first reporting on the subject, by Anaheim beat reporter Art Marroquin, was little better than regurgitated press releases, in the grand Reg tradition. But when the truth emerged about what Anaheim officials proposed -- a giveaway of Miami Marlins proportions -- the Reg fell flat on its face.More »