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Newspaper disputes debate 'winner' headline

April 7, 2009 |  5:35 pm

Los Angeles city attorney candidate Jack Weiss’ campaign placed its own flattering headline Tuesday over a Los Angeles Times story posted on the campaign website, making it appear that the paper had declared Weiss the winner of the debate.

The Times story reported onthe combative debate between Weiss, a Westside city councilman, and attorney Carmen "Nuch" Trutanich that was held Saturday in Hollywood. The headline over the Times story in Sunday’s paper read, “City attorney candidates trade some pointed jabs.’’ The headline on Weiss’ website read: “Jack Weiss Wins First Debate.’’

At the request of The Times, the Weiss campaign removed the headline Tuesday afternoon.

Weiss’ campaign manager, Ace Smith, said the headline was meant to summarize the Times story, two others stories about the debate and some blog items on the candidate’s website, jackweiss09.blogspot.com.

He said there was never any attempt to rewrite the Times headline or misrepresent the content of the the Times story.

 “The headline was a blog headline over all the articles on the debates," Smith said.

-- Phil Willon