San Diego city attorney withdraws KPBS records request

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San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre has withdrawn his request for KPBS records about programming decisions and its relationship with The San Diego Union-Tribune. “Aguirre made the decision after speaking with a First Amendment expert who advised him that his requests were inappropriate for a government official,” reports the Union-Tribune. The investigation began in August after KPBS cancelled it’s local public affairs program Full Focus. Aguirre has maintained that the public needs to know why the show was cancelled. He accused the Union-Tribune, which he called a “conservative establishment newspaper,” of influencing KPBS editorial content and decision-making, a charge the station has denied.