Again, delaying coverage
On Monday I documented the local Wheeling papers' delay in publishing the events surrounding the President's executive order on immigration and the judge's temporary order that followed it. (Most of the events took place on Saturday evening but the locals, unlike most other newspapers, did not cover it until Monday morning.) The local Ogden "newspapers" are at it again.
Yesterday, a Federal judge in Seattle blocked Trump's travel ban. News sources that use the Associated Press started reporting this story shortly after 7 PM (eastern time):
A federal judge in Seattle has temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
U.S. District Judge James Robart granted a temporary restraining order Friday at the request of Washington state and Minnesota that’s effective nationwide.
Similar to Sunday, the ban was the top story on major newspapers throughout the country. (At noon today it was a top-of-the-front-page headline for all of the national newspapers featured at Kiosko.net.) And also similar to Sunday, the judge's actions received no coverage in our local paper. Wheeling-area readers shouldn't despair, however -- tomorrow we'll likely get a highly-edited AP story that will feature the Trump administration's point of view as well as the president's latest tweets.
Yes, I remember and it was "so yesterday"
In the course of researching coverage of the judge's order, I came across this editorial from USA Today on Trump's use of executive orders:
Remember when Republicans were dead set against sweeping executive actions? Remember when they called Barack Obama an imperial president, and worse, for issuing a string of executive orders, presidential memoranda and national security directives?
That was so yesterday.
In his first 10 days in office, President Trump issued 20 executive actions, more than any incoming president in the modern era. And for the most part, Republicans have adopted a position of silence or support, conveniently forgetting their past practice of denouncing executive decrees as a threat to constitutional governance.
Given the frequency of such attacks on President Obama by the local "newspapers" and their current disappearance, I think "hypocritical" is still the best adjective to describe their editorial pages.
Update 2/5 -- Sunday's coverage
If you look around the morning paper you'll finally find news about the judge's decision -- it's on page 7 right above the answers to the Soduku Puzzle. Here's the original from the AP. The News-Register version, which was not online at 11 AM, drops the last 2/3 of the AP article but it does includes the president's tweeted opinion of this "so-called judge" and his "ridiculous" decree.
Why wasn't it on the front page? I think the front page is reserved for real news like:
Native Wants To Promote Community
And here's the first two paragraphs:
Former West Virginia Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler-Goodwin isn’t yet certain what her next job will be, but she is pretty sure it will involve community and promoting West Virginia’s resources and businesses.
Goodwin termed her time as tourism commissioner “an unbelievable experience” that was just one part of a 25-year career in public service.
Yes, a totally-inconsequential feature story about an unemployed, well-connected socialite obviously takes precedent over the questionable actions and reactions of our current president.