In an election like Cleveland's race for mayor, reporters have a dilemma: do they give equal time to all the candidates, or do they use their news judgment, and the candidates' experience and past success, to figure out who the front-runners are?
If you don't want reporters handicapping the field, if you want equal info about all five candidates for mayor, then check out the interviews on wkyc.com and wcpn.org.
Tom Beres, Channel 3's veteran politics reporter, has posted his video interviews with the candidates. Here are the links to Frank Jackson, Bill Patmon, Kimberly Brown, Robert Kilo, and Laverne Jones Gore. (The videos take a few seconds to appear.)
WCPN reporters Rick Jackson and Eric Wellman have also interviewed everyone. Here are the links to podcasts of the interviews with Laverne Jones Gore, Robert Kilo, Kimberly Brown, Bill Patmon, and Frank Jackson.
The Plain Dealer has played it both ways. City Hall reporter Henry Gomez interviewed all five candidates and analyzed the race on the same day, then evaluated the mayor's first term and let all four challengers take their shots at him.
The City Club mayoral debate is tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. You can watch a live webcast or listen to a podcast afterwards. It'll be broadcast on WCPN, 90.3 FM, at 8 p.m. tomorrow night.
And if all this equality seems way too neutral for a blog, here's my handicapping.