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June 4, 2008 7:42 AM

The rough draft of the historic day

Posted by David Postman

Top stories from the Web sites of state papers:

Obama: "This is our moment" The Seattle Times

Historic Night for Obama Seattle P-I

Election pits McCain vs. Obama The Olympian

Obama clinches Democratic nomination The Herald

Bonney Lake says scantily clad baristas break city law The News Tribune

Review: Kenny Chesney charms with rich voice, average-Joe persona The Columbian

UPDATE: It's been suggested that I was too subtle here. Here's my point: On a day when most newspaper websites used the Obama story as the top item on the page this morning, a few had other top stories that were far removed from the big national political news of the day. I was not suggesting that Tacoma and Vancouver are hick towns, or that the editors of those papers don't like Obama, or don't like African-Americans or that The Seattle Times never makes mistakes. Frankly, I don't care if those headlines were automatically generated by some super newspaper computer that decided the scantily clad coffee server story should be the top story. Whatever the reason, a few papers all but buried the Obama story on websites this morning and I thought that was worth pointing out.

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Posted by Ryan

9:38 AM, Jun 04, 2008

Gotta love the News-Tribune. If it involves boobs or the superintendent, they're on the case!

Posted by Goldy

1:58 PM, Jun 04, 2008

David... just goes to show you that media criticism pisses some people off, even when no personal offense is intended.

Posted by bobbyp

2:07 PM, Jun 04, 2008

I would wager that the Trib was suffering from a mild case of attention defecit disorder, or the headline writer was planning to quit today anyway.

The Columbian? Well, it's a pretty hopeless case anyway.

Posted by Winston Smith

2:26 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Let's see now, we can read about yet another speech by a politician, or we can read about scantily clad young women (a favorite subject for most people) serving espresso drinks (another favorite thing for many people).

I side with the News-Tribune on this one. I'll bet even money that every reader of Dave's blog clicked on the New-Tribune link, and that no one clicked on any of the other links, except perhaps Kenny Chesney fans.

Posted by Hinton

3:28 PM, Jun 04, 2008

David, look... I know that you want Obama... badly... but will you PLEASE keep your whining and sniveling out of the blog until AFTER Obama's beaten like a rented mule?

It's so... unseemly.

Sure the Columbian is delusional on a wide variety of subjects... an unneeded, same place multi-billion dollar waste of money bridge replacement with loot rail leading the list...

But the rest of the world is blinded by your biases and those of your fellow fringers... so get over it... and get over yourself.

Posted by Lock N Load

4:00 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Like the Seattletimes tells it
"We can't cover everything"

Besides it's just another day as the end isn't now it's at the convention fools. Lighten up!

Posted by Ted Howard

4:17 PM, Jun 04, 2008

no one cares. obama's going to lose. he's black. john mccain will deeeestroy him.

who wants it? who wants the beef?

Posted by Harry

4:37 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Dave, I don't get this post. Are you saying the Times blew it by not covering Chesney, or the Barista thing? Because if you are, I totally disagree. I really do think the Obama story is probably a lot more important. But I could be confused. If so, apologies in advance.


Posted by JimD

5:45 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Had Clinton suspended her campaign last night, top-story status might have been more universally justified.
As it was, Obama simply hit the new delegate mark - a significant milestone, but minus the hype, nothing extraordinary or unexpected.

Watch TOMORROW'S 6/5 banners. LOL
THAT is the 4-inch headline, with numberous side-articles, time-line charts, yadayadayada :-)

Posted by kb

10:21 PM, Jun 04, 2008

Given some of the crapola that been deemed front-page news by the Times in recent memory, I wouldn't be making this comparison...and I thought that was worth pointing out.

Posted by kb

10:24 PM, Jun 04, 2008

"Given some of the crapola that *has* been deemed..."

It must be getting apologies!

Posted by outsider

7:15 AM, Jun 05, 2008

The Obama story is the biggest news in American politics in 40 years. That some local newspapers chose to ignore the prominience of this is completely absurd. Having recently returned from South Africa, I can tell you that is not the case with major newspapers in the rest of the world. Every South African I talked to was excited about the possibility of an African-American president, proving to me that his election could restore America's credibility among other nations as truly the "land of the free."

Posted by John

7:51 AM, Jun 05, 2008

Where is the headline today in the media cover-up of OBAMA?

Political Fundraiser Tony Rezko Found Guilty on 16 Counts in Corruption Trial
Obama speaks on this conviction “ This isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew for twenty years”

Hold on folks if he becomes President the cover-up of Clinton’s 8 years will seem minuscule compared to BHO.

Posted by John

8:52 AM, Jun 05, 2008

“Proving to me that his election could restore America's credibility among other nations as truly the "land of the free."

This is a media myth by 99.9 % of the so-called news in America.

Nothing to restore in America this is the greatest, most caring nation in the history of the world!

Even with our short comings.

Posted by Bothsides

11:44 AM, Jun 05, 2008

Interesting to think, the media probably doesn't like the fact that an African-American has taken the nomination, I mean what does that say about racial injustice when America has chosen a black man to possibly be the next president (which I have no problem with BTW). This will surely spoil the media's constant barrage of stirring the racial pot to make news.

Posted by Winston Smith

12:15 PM, Jun 05, 2008

Posted by John: "Nothing to restore in America this is the greatest, most caring nation in the history of the world!"

Our government is so caring that it invaded and occupies Iraq and has killed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis.

And it tortures people in secret prisons.

All because we are so caring.

Posted by John

3:44 PM, Jun 05, 2008

Winston Smith,
Oh my,
During Clinton's 8 years even John Kerry and every Democrat who screams today about this said Iraq had WMD that is a FACT.

Let's speak facts not hear say about:

"And it tortures people in secret prisons."

Another Media myth buddy. Next you'll say we sent them to Mars!!!

Newspapers sell papers on myth's every day how else would they get a increase in sells.

Posted by John

3:57 PM, Jun 05, 2008

Opps I mean Sales

Posted by Peter Callaghan

4:48 PM, Jun 05, 2008

Please note that the survey was of newspaper websites, not the printed newspaper.

The New Tribune on Wednesday played the Obama nomination as the dominant story on the front page. The headline was "Obama seals the deal; Clinton eyes VP," above twp photos, with the primary photo of the candidate during the speech in St. Paul Tuesday night.

The baristas story was down page, lower left, single column.

Posted by Winston Smith

9:16 PM, Jun 05, 2008

John, where have you been the last few years? Our government admitted in 2005 that we were torturing prisoners in secret prisons. It is indeed a sad fact, not a myth.

More and more information is becoming known about this all the time. I am surprised you didn't know.

Posted by John

1:41 PM, Jun 06, 2008

OMG ! Guess I've been smoking that funny stuff to long I totally missed it.

That was June of 2005 it stated that more would come out when the hearings start. Guess I missed the hearing too!
So what was the end result from the hearings and when did these happen? I'm shocked by this report from the UN.
Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by John

1:54 PM, Jun 07, 2008

Good news folks, Hill didn't quit !!!!!
Time will tell what she plans on doing until the convention.

This race isn't over!

She is waiting for the big headline to appear as we are.

Posted by John

11:44 AM, Jun 08, 2008

Change by BHO !
He has told us what we can and can't talk about!

The Newspapers have bowed down to him.

Before the election of Nov. 2006 the democrat party had two fronts the hard left wing and the centralist.

Today they have only one front It's called the hard left Democrat party.

Here is some more change brought to you by them,

A textbook monitoring group said that Maryland middle and high school students will be required to read about Islamic teachings that have been dumbed down and are products of political correctness.

According to the New York Examiner, a new report issued by the American Textbook Council said that administrators who approved books for use in the Montgomery County school district caved into pressure by pro-Islamic groups seeking to present a less violent interpretation of Islam.

Gilbert Sewall, director of the council, stated that, for example, the definition of jihad has gone through "amazing cultural reorchestration" in textbooks, losing any connotation of violence, the Examiner wrote.

Other terms, such as sharia law, have been adjusted or removed from lessons to avoid what he called "inconvenient truths."

Montgomery County Public Schools defended the decision to use the books, saying in a statement that all texts used by teachers had been properly vetted and were appropriate for classroom uses.

This has been brought to you by the new Changed Democrat party !

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