Banner Day for The Obamagonian…
Okay, so I’ve realized from the start that my local newspaper, The Oregonian, had its own agenda in the coming (and every) political race.
The Oregonian is a Democratic Party newsletter…we all know that.
What amazed me about today’s edition was that The Oregonian has apparently surrendered all pretense of “non-biased reporting” (snort) and even their former ham-handed attempts at subtlety in telling their readers who to vote for.
I took two sections for today’s paper (Friday, August 29, 2008): Section A (front page) and Section C (metro.)
The Obama coronation…err…nomination issue looked like this…
Page A1 was a half page picture of Obama, apparently applauding the American flag, with a caption in huge-point bold font: “Nomination like no other.”
This was followed by 8 pages (out of 20) covering Barack Obama, and/or the Democratic Party.
Now… of these 20 total pages 7 ½ were ads, 1 was obits, and 1 was weather.
So, out of 12 ½ pages of “news” Obama and the Dems got 8 pages with a total of 12 articles (and 1 cartoon.) 2 of which were written by the Oregonian’s editorial staff.
(The newspaper equivalent of getting to grade your own English final…)
- Nomination like no other (A1)
- Viewing Parties (Portlander’s delight at Obama’s message…) (A1)
- 4 days in Denver (A5)
- Obama: Senator touts ambitious new programs (A7)
- Supporters at Obama speech (A8)
- Obama lays out far reaching vision (A8)
- Speech sways one voter to Obama camp (A9)
- Obama: Some specifics, no surprises (A10)
- Lewis brings them to their feet (A10)
- Investigation finds no plot against Obama
- Savoring a historic moment (C6) By the Oregonian Editorial Board
- Obama matches the moment (C6) By David Sarasohn, Associate Editor
- Many fans, few friends (C6)
- Dreams come true (where comic artist Jack Ohman apparently channels the spirits of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln to support Obama.
How many articles on Republican candidate John McCain?: 1
(A less that ¼ page article on A2 titled, “McCain’s team mum on VP pick.”)
Editors…just do us all a favor, stop insulting our intelligence, stop pretending any form of neutrality, and rename your paper “The Obamagonian!”
(BTW, all you Hillary supporters who have been crying into your Chia tea and pointing accusing fingers at the Cro-Magnon “good-old-boys” of your party, go back and take a look at the last years worth of Oregonian newspapers and count the “Pro-Hillary” vs. “Pro-Obama” write-ups. You’ll quickly see whom you should be lambasting!)