Mayoral Contender Sees Bias in a Newspaper’s Ad Rules

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By: Scott James | The New York Times

Newspapers like to cover election squabbles — not become involved in them.

But in a contentious mayoral race, The Vallejo Times-Herald wound up on its own front page last week when it reported on a news conference called by Joanne Schivley, a challenger to Mayor Osby Davis, accusing the paper of bias in its editorial and business practices.

“It has a chilling effect on the political process,” Ms. Schivley said, as she assembled with reporters outside the paper’s offices.

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