LAST CALL: Mayor White won't deal with 'Dealer'

Cleveland Mayor Michael White did something recently that most

politicians would give their right arm to do. Upset with what he saw as

a lack of positive coverage, he barred Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper

reporters from an event at which he announced he would not seek


Mayoral press aide Brian Rothenberg defended the decision, calling the

announcement a "private event" that the Plain Dealer could have easily

covered by watching it on local cable TV. Tellingly, though, he added:

"The Plain Dealer had been unfair to the mayor."

Plain Dealer editor Doug Clifton scoffed: "His behavior has been

churlish for years."

Rothenberg counters the entire event was blown out of proportion and

he's particularly miffed that the Society of Professional Journalists

issued a condemnation of the mayor's action without calling for a


Maybe the society just decided not to invite him to its press

release-writing session.

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