Friday, July 06, 2007

Everywhere but here

On Friday morning, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati dismissed a lawsuit challenging President Bush's domestic spying program. This is a big national story with a Cincinnati dateline, the kind of story the local press should cover like a blanket. By mid afternoon, the AP version of this story was a featured headline on the web sites of the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times had produced its own story on decision.

At the Enquirer's web site, however, the small headline on this story rested under the section "Latest AP news." The Enquirer's reporters were too busy to work on this story because they were tied up getting stories posted on a new Gold's Gym coming to Florence, a state trooper who'd been on Oprah in a car wreck, and two women who'd left their five kids at home alone. The biggest space on the Enquirer's main page was taken up by a poll on whether you think there should be seat belts on school buses.

The Enquirer wouldn't know real news if it jumped up and bit them on the ass.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your headline maybe ought to read, "Nowhere other than Cincinnati."

It is the only place this could happen.

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. I pull up the Enquirer's website, and here's the featured story:

Today's date - 7-7-07 - rolls around only once every century, and lots of people in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are betting that today will be a lucky one. We take an in-depth look at all things seven.

"An in-depth look at all things seven"? WTF?

Someone please wake me up and tell me it was all a bad dream. The state of the media here in Cincinnati can't really be this terrible.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I hear, it's a hopeless state of affairs at the Enquirer. I expect the main paper in a city the size of Cincinnati to get in the face of the power structure every once in a while. Now all we get is the chicken-shit "Tell us what you think" copout. Why are they in the newspaper business if they want to farm out all the reporting to the masses?

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I certainly don't want to defend the Enquirer (especially on this site), but a localized version of that 7-7-07 story was in just about every newspaper in the country. I saw one in the Washington Post.

Also, Dan Horn did in fact cover this story. It might not have made an on-line update (which I'm sure his editors weren't pleased with) but Horn did an excellent job of covering and writing the story for the next day's paper.

Just a little perspective, folks.

8:50 AM  
Blogger gerard said...

It's usually better to judge the print version instead of the online version because many times I have seen the printed top story remain the online top story for only a couple hours in the early morning before it is replaced. And most people still see the print version of the papter.

That said, did anyone see the hard-hitting front page story the other Saturday about overweight dogs ("Pudgy pugs")?

9:19 AM  

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