When the newspaper gives different ‘play’ to similar political stories

Banner story on Flores announcing Democratic candidacy for Congress.

Banner story on Flores announcing Democratic candidacy for Congress.

Consistency is not the local newspaper’s forte.

As I pointed out when the Las Vegas Review-Journal displayed Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy on the front page but relegated the GOP candidate announcements to inside pages, once upon a time newspapers tried to balance the significance of the news with the fairness of the coverage. For example, the announcements of candidacy for elective office by the major contenders were given similar “play” in the paper whenever possible — same page in the paper and same size photos was ideal.

Today the R-J’s banner story is former Assemblywoman Lucy Flores’ announcing her bid for the Democratic nomination for the 4th Congressional District, currently held by Republican Cresent Hardy.

When state Sen. Ruben Kihuen announced his bid for the Democratic nomination, it was displayed on 2B in the next day’s paper. It also was a shorter story, too.

I suspect it is less a display of favoritism than just a lack of due diligence to fundamental principles of fairness. Who is minding the store?

And they lived obliviously ever after.

Kihuen announcement of Democratic bid for Congress was on 2B.

Kihuen announcement of Democratic bid for Congress was on 2B.

 

 

 

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3 comments on “When the newspaper gives different ‘play’ to similar political stories

  1. I’m still breathlessly waiting for Laura Myer’s in depth story on the candidacy & qualifications of the only heretofore announced Republican for Harry Reid’s Senate seat…Bob Beers…front page…above the fold. (When pigs fly…)

  2. John L. Smith wrote about Beers running on Jan. 31, 2014. The Sun wrote about it a week later. Laura Myers wrote about it on April 27 and it appeared at the bottom of 1B without a photo. She doesn’t dictate where a story runs. It was fairly lengthy. The hed on the jump was: “Professor wonders whether city councilman has drive for high-profile race.”

  3. Steve says:

    If he makes the general, Bob Beers has my vote.

    period

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