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Why Jim Newton must go

Or, here we go again, round three. The former news schlub, now some kind of quasi-analyst at the former fishwrap of record, shuts Mayoral candidate Kevin James out of a piece on the Mayor's race 2013.

In the last City Council campaign cycle, the Times' selective coverage extended extensively to Rudy Martinez, a hapless, bumbling restaurateur with a police record who had no chance of winning at any point in the campaign, but not to Brad Smith, a policy wonk at Parsons Corp. who finished with as many votes as two of the Times' endorsed opposition candidates--within 35 votes of Martinez and 165 votes of Tomas O'Grady. In the preceding Mayoral cycle, the Times dropped a cone of silence on all rival candidates to Mayor Villaraigosa.

Why would you extend coverage to a bumbling restaurateur with a police record but not a former Assistant US Attorney with substantial backing? We hear James will announce that he has half a million in campaign donations pledged this week.

EARLIER: Times tips its hand re candidate coverage, In LA Mayor's race, democracy lost.