Today's Sunday paper has no coverage of Trump's wiretap claim
If you go to Kiosko, which displays the front pages of major American newspapers, you'll notice that yesterday's unsubstantiated claim by Donald Trump that former president Obama tapped his phones is headlined on the front pages of all of the newspapers. If you go to this morning's Wheeling News-Register, you will find no mention of it anywhere in the paper.
The Associated Press has circulated numerous stories about the subject since the president first "tweeted" about it Saturday morning. One of the most frequently cited in a Google search of AP stories appears to be this one:
Trump accuses Obama of tapping his phones, cites no evidence
The news section of this morning's NewsRegister does carry AP stories. Here are the headlines of the AP stories that the Sunday News-Register carried instead of the Trump wiretap story:
Supporters 'March for Trump'
AP Explains: How Immigrants Are Detained, Deported
Music Executive, Former Pop Star Tommy Page Dies
'Gay Moment' in New Disney Film Generates Buzz
Natalie Portman Welcomes 2nd Child, Daughter Named Amalia
Small Town Led by Comedian Tries to Recover From 'Lost Year'
Six Associated Press stories but nothing on Trump's accusation.
Low information voters supported Trump
In November, the Washington Post summarized a study of low-information voters:
Our research finds that Trump has attracted a disproportionate (and unprecedented) number of “low-information voters” to his campaign. Furthermore, these voters are more likely to respond to emotional appeals — whether about the economy, immigration, Muslims, racial relations, sexism, and even hostility to the first African American U.S. president, Barack Obama. They are the ideal constituency for a candidate like Trump.
(Note -- the study defines low-information voters as "those who do not know certain basic facts about government and lack what psychologists call a “need for cognition.”")
Foreign Policy, in a discussion of those findings, put it more succinctly:
Trump owes his victory to the uninformed.
And the Sunday Wheeling News-Register, if the last six weeks worth of papers is any indication, clearly wants to keep them that way.
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