News Hole, Nov. 9, 2011

November 9th, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Arthur Alpert

Let us stipulate (as the lawyers say) that the Wednesday, Nov. 9 issue of the Albuquerque Journal was thin and the news hole – what remains for news after the editors place advertisements and certain required elements – was very small.

That said, the Nov. 9 Journal did not report the following:

• Voters in Ohio rejected Gov. John R. Kasich’s attempt to weaken collective bargaining for public employees. It went down by a big margin, 62 to 38 percent.

• Voters in Mississippi rejected a measure that would have outlawed all abortions and many forms of contraception.

• A federal appeals court upheld the constitutionality of the 2010 health-care law Tuesday in a 2 to 1 decision. Senior Judge (and noted conservative) Laurence Silberman wrote the majority opinion.

They’re all significant national stories, yes, but lack of space could explain why they didn’t get any coverage. Or, maybe there’s another reason.

Perhaps the Journal’s next issue will help us decide.

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  • Ross

    The “news hole” would be a little larger for the Journal if the absurd “Upfront” news and opinion columns by the likes of Thomas Cole were dropped. “Upfront” appears to be an underhanded way of sneaking heavily opinionated commentary into the most prominent news hole of the newspaper (The front page, often above the fold and continuing in this case to a sizable chunk of prime page 2 real estate.). It’s OK by me if the Journal wants to run some opinion columns, but not on the front page and not at the expense of the real news on what should have been a heavy news day.

  • Reader

    Are you kidding me? The Journal didn’t include coverage of those major national news stories? I wasn’t aware, since I canceled my subscription last spring. This reaffirms that I made the right decision.

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