Which is more newsworthy? The SUV attack in Wisconsin or David McKinley’s reelection?
For our local Ogden papers, that’s easy. Today's biggest story nationally, the SUV attack in Waukesha, can be found on page 6 of both papers. (Sadly, the afternoon News-Register did not even bother to update the morning version with a more recent AP report even though a good deal more was known about what happened. How lazy can you get?)
So what’s on today’s front pages? For both papers, Steven Allen Adams gives us 1045 words at the top of the page in support of McKinley’s reelection campaign. This follows over 800 words, “Working To Get Things Done To Benefit West Virginia,” from the congressman in the weekend edition.
In addition to allowing more space for McKinley to explain his vote on infrastructure, Adams’ article includes kind words from both Senators Capito and Manchin:
“I am sure Congressman McKinley knows . . . . that this is good for our state, and I am sure that is what he based his vote on,” Capito said on a conference call with reporters Thursday.
“The people of West Virginia need to thank David McKinley for having the courage to do what he needed to do for our state,” Manchin said after the Nov. 6 vote.
In the last two weeks, we have had three front-page articles about McKinley, two editorials praising the congressman, two op-eds by McKinley, and two articles that tell us how much West Virginia’s senators appreciate his voting for infrastructure. (In fairness to Adams: McKinley’s opponent, Alex Mooney, does get mentioned in his articles.)
Not very subtle, is it?