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Villaraigosa Drawing World Press?

Los Angeles Times:

On Friday, Villaraigosa will be sworn in as Los Angeles’ first Latino mayor in 133 years, and he said he has received more than 1,500 interview requests. They have come, according to his office, from around the nation and from more than a dozen countries. Meanwhile, his transition team is grappling with whether they will be able to translate the festivities into multiple languages.

ANOTHER EXCERPT:

Hoping for an interview with the mayor-elect, Machin was one of a dozen reporters who trekked to El Sereno on Wednesday to stand in the scorching sun during the groundbreaking for a new constituent services center.

It’s easy to see why the foreign media might be interested in the Villaraigosa story.

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Does it sound soft to you too? The headline reads:

World Press Fits Villaraigosa Into the Big Picture

Puff pastry or hard news?

A Factiva query for “Villaraigosa” returned 1567 articles in the last three months, but the overwhelming majority of them were in the Los Angeles Times. While a more formal media audit would be needed to levy a more informed opinion, the story makes me wonder why the Los Angeles Times would run a story like this based on such lose facts.

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