Disparate Coverage At LA Times Continues: McCain Vs. Obama

March 2nd, 2007 10:23 AM

In January, when Barack Obama made the mere announcement of a presidential exploratory committee, the Los Angeles Times trumpeted the news with a headline, color photo, and text box on the top of its front page. (See the image here.)

So how did the Times cover Sen. John McCain's big announcement Wednesday night (2/28/07) on David Letterman's Late Show? The announcement was buried the next day on the bottom of page A14 within a modest, 485-word article about McCain's fundraising. The article is called, "California titans join McCain's campaign team" (Thu. March 1, 2007), and the "coverage" of the announcement covers a measly 31 words.

Disparate treatment? Of course. We have already reported on the LA TImes' unequal treatment so far in the 2008 campaign here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.