I see it on my buddy Jaime's blog and I hear it from you guys all the time - "why won't they talk to the El Paso Times?" The reference is always to someone who is either elected or seeking to be elected.
I can say it's the same reason people stopped talking to KVIA for a while back between 2006 and 2012 --- It's all a setup and if you're not on the right team your ass is going to get steamed.
The El Paso Times gained a reputation (rightfully so) for shitting on the foes of a certain political faction. No matter what the truth was or how much evidence they had to prove their claims wrong - they still got screwed. I mean, do I have to remind you that all kinds of people with the legal authority to adjudicate the quorum issue with the city council gang found nothing wrong, but the El Paso Times still found one unconnected fool to find them guilty of a crime? What kind of crap is that? The kind of crap you pull when an elected official is telling your editor what to write.
A while back people started to figure out how to handle this. And by "figure out" I mean that they asked me and I told them to stop talking to the people who are mean to them and giving them ammo. It's simple - if the story is going to be entirely about how much you suck, then don't participate. If it appears they didn't talk to you about it, they lose credibility. You also don't run the risk giving them any ammo. If you say something to a reporter at the El Paso Times and you are on Vero's and Susie's shit list - guess what? They're going to turn it around on you. Don't give them opportunity.
YOU CAN'T LOSE IF YOU DON'T PLAY.
Jaime and the rest of you are just frustrated because you're lazy and want these people to hang themselves while you watch. Once they get smart, it pisses you off and you guys whine like the lazy babies you are. Don't be bitter because candidates have gotten smart.
Candidates should do their best to control the narrative. Never talk to a reporter unless that reporter is in your pocket. Reporters aren't asking questions of politicians because they want everyone to get warm-fuzzies about them. They are asking them questions to see if they'll hang themselves... at best... or at the least give them something they can twist. The media is never there to make you look good - NEVER.
If everyone would stop talking to anyone at the El Paso Times, they'd have to fire the news team and get a new one not owned by Vero and Susie. Think about that for a minute.