The top story on last evening’s network newscasts was the report from a Pennsylvania grand jury that Roman Catholic priests had molested over 1,000 children.
How did major U.S. newspapers handle the story?
Here are the headlines from this morning’s Kiosko.net:
The New York Times put it at the top of their front page:
CHURCH HID ABUSE OF 1,000 CHILDREN, GRAND JURY FINDS
The Washington Post did the same thing:
300 priests in Pa. accused of abusing children
The story shared the top of the page at the Boston Globe:
Church covered up sex abuse, jury says
And while it was not the top story, it was still on the front page of the business-oriented Wall Street Journal:
Coverup Hid Hundreds of Abusive Priests
How did this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer handle the story?
The molestation story was on page 3:
Report: Pa. Priests Abused More Than 1,000 Children
The Intelligencer then provided the first 168 words of a 950 word Associated Press story. (17% of the article.)*
What stories were on today’s front page?
There were three stories about judge impeachment by Ogden statehouse reporter, Steven Allen Adams, which occupied about two-thirds of the available news space. Additionally, two local stories made the front page:
City, Grow Ohio Valley Near Agreement on Terms of Intermodal Lease
Sheriff, WVDOH At Odds On I-70.
(Note -- today's Charleston Gazette-Mail covered both the impeachment and the AP story on its front page.)
I realize that I am arguing about “what is news?” and while the coverage of impeachment proceedings is important, I can’t help thinking that a story about how the Catholic Church covered up the abuse of over a thousand children deserves something more than 168 words buried on page 3.
*Note -- no link. As of 10:30 this morning, the AP article was not on their webpage.
The afternoon Wheeling News-Register has the same five stories on its front page but it did not cover the abuse story. Instead, it posted a short editorial, "Bringing Justice to Victims of Abuse," which tells us that "some means of getting justice must be found." Profound. I think they're done with this story.