Today, two stories were on the front page of every national newspapers (for examples, see Kiosko.net or newseum): Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s sentencing and the new charges against him and the FAA’s decision to ground the Boeing 737.
Today, Paul Manafort received no coverage in either Wheeling paper and you can find the first 40% of an AP story on the plane’s grounding on page 12 of the Intelligencer but not in the News-Register.
What national news stories did the Ogden papers believe were more important to its readers? The same four national news stories can be found in both front sections:
Three AP stories about Ohio:
’Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban Moves Closer to Becoming Law in Ohio
[Columbus] Hospital Reviews 48 Staff Members Over Deaths
[Cincinnati] Congresswoman: Nation Hurt by Gerrymandering
(Why the Ohio focus? Isn't Wheeling in West Virginia?)
One story about the 2020 election:
- Bipartisanship in 2020? Don’t Count on It
Additionally, both had back page stories about the cheating scandal and the News-Register had stories about Beto O’Rourke and cyberattacks.
As has happened a number times in the past two years, the legal problems surrounding the Trump presidency have been ignored by our local Ogden "newspapers." The reason may be simple. As I’ve pointed out in a number of blog posts (for examples, see here and here), support for Trump correlates with the low-information voter and today we have yet another example of how our local Ogden “newspapers” continue to do their part in keeping them that way.