Saturday, November 15, 2008

Free Press

The stuff you can find on the Net! I found this site a few days ago and made a note to put it up. So here it is: images of the front pages of 735 newspapers from all over the world on November 5. Here's what I discovered about the U.S. papers: There were hundreds of ways of hailing the Obama win. "Yes He Can" "It's Obama" "History!", etc. But there were only a few ways to downplay it. The Rockville Citizen of Conyers, GA, did its best; so did the Lake Sun (Camdenton, Missouri). The Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Idaho) had the most oblique reference to the national election results: "Now Comes the Hard Part" proclaimed the story of Obama's win. You wouldn't think it would be possible to find a U.S. paper that managed to ignore the results of the election completely on its front page. You'd be wrong. Check out The Mississippi Press (Pasgagoula). You cannot even tell an election took place from this front page, which contains stories about a local cop, adult literacy, and results of the Halloween photo contest. What kind of editor runs a paper like this? Is he wrapped in the Confederate flag? What kind of readership supports a paper like this? Amazing!
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