Local News Is Not Kind To San Diego Mayor Bob Filner


By Ryan Isakow

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has had a rough month. Prominent California Democrats, including San Diego party leaders and Senator Dianne Feinstein have called for him to step down amid accusations that he sexually harassed several women. The attention is new for Mayor Filner, who has had little national prominence before now. Untitled-3 The massive national coverage has soured local residents; a recent poll found that 67% think that Filner should resign, and 60% said that he should be recalled if he stays in office. While the national coverage is embarrassing, the extent of San Diegan opposition to their Mayor is still surprising. Looking at the extent of State media coverage gives some insight. Untitled-4 The extent of more localized coverage indicates that, while nationally the story gotten coverage, the extent of reporting at the State level is having a much larger and leading effect – enough to push Filner to #6 in the TrendPo rankings. Thanks to the Internet, blogs reflecting the state level reporting have spread nationally through social networks. If politics is local, it looks like buzz can be too.

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