Does The Times Favor The Yankees?

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That’s what some New York Mets fans must be wondering today following their thrilling 6-5 Game 1 win over the Dodgers yesterday to open the National League Division Series. Despite making the front and back page covers of the New York Post, Daily News, Newsday and USA Today, the Times went with an image of the Yankees watching the Mets as they prepared to play their game — which was rained out — on its front cover. (Though the choice of image must please Budweiser Select, which gets what amounts to free product placement on the front cover of the Times.)

Says one Mets fan and media industry executive: “The Times has always favored the Yankees, but this is ridiculous. How do you put the Yankees’ calisthenics on the front page?”

Adds Drew Kerr, Four Corners p.r. executive and organizer of a Mets’ media e-mail list: “Expect to see Rudy Giuliani doing his usual holier-than-thou waving routine at every Yankees game in the papers. Hopefully Bloomberg will do the same for the Mets.”

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