Biden Comments Rate 'Oops' from NY Times, No Front-Page Mention by Globe or LA Times

February 1st, 2007 6:36 AM
In our continuing calvalcade of coverage of the Biden "clean and articulate" comments, we thought it would be interesting to see how three of the leading liberal newspapers treated the story on their respective front pages this morning.

At the New York Times, the headline on the smallish front-page article brought a dash of downplaying humor to the story: "Biden Unwraps His Bid for ’08 With an Oops!"

But that was better than nothing - which was exactly how much coverage the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times devoted to the story on their front pages.

Now, you might cut the Globe some slack since Beantown was focused on the Turner Broadcasting System marketing stunt for a Cartoon Network television show that littered the city with small battery-powered light screens, igniting fears of terrorism and shutting down much of the city for the day. Even so, the Globe editors found room on the front page for a variety of other stories including one on a pol caught in a sick leave scandal.

In any case, what's the LA Times excuse? Not a word about Biden on the front page, but plenty of inches for such vital matters as Las Vegas side bets on whether Prince will rip his pants during the Superbowl half-time show.

Again, let's play WIARHSI?: What if a Republican Had Said It? Think the LA Times and Globe might have found a front-page inch or two? Would the New York Times have sloughed things off with an "oops!", or would we have been treated to something along the lines "Candidate Accused of Racism: Echoes of Republican Record of Racial Insensitivity"

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