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Sunday, June 22, 2014 – 01:00 p.m.

It would appear local Inland Empire newspapers need to make a choice.

Either adopt the true purpose of a newspaper and be a public watchdog, or become a sock puppet!

It’s one or the other. You can’t have it both ways.

Readers were subjected to another dose of what would appear to be favoritism. If it’s not, then I don’t know what is.

Joe Nelson, staff reporter for The Sun newspaper, authored a well-written story titled, ‘Judge fines San Manuel tribal members for not providing financial records‘.

It (the story) went online Friday afternoon.

The story, was the second of the week, which discusssed a civil case involving two members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, who were convicted in a murder-for-hire plot. A story that undoubtedy cast the Tribe in a very negative light, and more importanly the story discussed Tribal finances.

To read the story, click here.

But something interesting happened a few hours later.

The story disappeared from the local news section, and front page of the newspapers Internet website. The only way to locate the story was to do an archive search. But that’s only if one knew the story was actually there in the first place.

To be fair, the story did make Saturday’s print edition.

Inquiries were made to the newspaper on Saturday, and the story reappeared.

It’s not the first time the newspaper has either buried a story, or altered content to affect the slant.

Hopefully this was an oversight or mistake, and not some form of patronage to a wealthy advertising benefactor.