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Here’s what the major newspaper in San Diego pulled off the wire services on con man youth swim coach James Pantera:

“• A San Diego swim coach alleged to have multiple identities and a felony conviction called his accuser a ‘bully’ with a checkered past. James Pantera issued a statement one day after a complaint was filed with USA Swimming by Mike Saltzstein, a former vice president with the governing body. The statement said Saltzstein is ‘attempting to smear the name of a well respected and liked swim coach and official who has passed numerous background checks.'”

The Union Tribune appears not to have reported anything previously — let alone summarized Saltzstein’s 103-page dossier on Pantera.

“Well respected and liked swim coach and official”? No one has ever heard of the guy.

“Passed numerous background checks”? Isn’t that the whole point?

 

Irv Muchnick
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