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the skunks of los feliz
3.03.2006
 
It didn't take long for the Los Feliz Ledger to reveal a pro-development slant: one of today's page 1 headlines reads "Derby Plans May Be Beneficial For Business". The piece itself tries to gin up support for the proposed mega-structure by interviewing nearby business owners who (surprise!) are in favor of it. No Los Feliz residents were interviewed, and dissenting opinions were decidedly absent.

Additionally, a smaller page 3 piece dealing with the fight to designate the Derby a historical monument gives developer Rick Gable a soap-box from which to denounce the the Cultural Heritage Commission's decision to reconsider the bid as "politically motivated".

Not especially surprising, I suppose, for a paper who's Founders Circle includes realtors such as Sotheby's, Prudential, and Coldwell Banker. Still, you'd think the reporter would have at least made some gesture towards presenting a balanced story.

In keeping with the high journalistic standards I'm trying to hold them to, I'll now attempt to balance this piece by saying that the Ledger does contain news of certifiable public interest. For instance, I learned that the city plans to install a "smart" crosswalk at Hillhurst and Finley.

Now that's good news.
 
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