The LA Times: a poor joke on local democracy
It's all about...me.
If I were a challenger candidate for Mayor, I'd probably stop running against the Mayor right about now, and start running against the fishwrap the Mayor's consultants have successfully bullied into complete submission, the increasingly unpopular Los Angeles Times.
I'd write the Times and tell them what I think about them using the stupid ploy of bickering about neighborhood boundaries to justify avoiding covering the Mayor's race and other races too closely.
[In the middle of a heated civic campaign, with less than two weeks to go before an election, Patt Morrison gets to blow twelve column inches--on where she lives!]
I'd remind whoever I talked to that the Times felt that interviewing challenger candidates "veers towards pointlessness."
I might even remind them that a challenger candidate--to wit, a walking, talking storyline--whom people know and care about is in a better position to garner sincere interest in the newspaper than their own flaccid and insouciant columnists are.
UPDATE: The Times is actually proud of the fact that it diverted so much attention from local politics and elections with its useless mapping project. It celebrates 100,000 page views (net ad value: $1,000 tops, or only enough to by a couplethree decent hats) it should have found simply embarrassing. Via Ed Padgett.