Wednesday, May 11, 2005
SAEN Won't Report Reid Story
After accusing President Bush of lying about his role in a fight over judicial filibusters, Sen. Harry Reid last week called the president a "loser." And Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan? He's a "political hack," according to the formerly soft-spoken Nevada Democrat.
Reid returned to the Senate floor Monday with a more conciliatory tone and what he called "a gesture of goodwill," calling for the first time for the confirmation of one of Bush's appeals court nominees that Democrats blocked in the last Congress.
"Let's try cooperation, rather than confrontation," Reid said on the Senate floor. "I would hope that we can let bygones be bygones."
Commando: "Gee, could there be any reason the SAEN wouldn't want to report this?
You: "Gosh, maybe if Reid was Tom DeLay they'd run with it."
Commando: "Yep, that sounds about right."
Mike Thomas asks what stories should the SAEN taken out of the A section of the paper in order to make room for this important story. First let me just say: "Geesh Mike, you don't have to be so mean about it. All you have to do is ask." Second, here are my picks for stories that don't need to be in the front page section of today's paper:
1. On page 4A of today's paper is yet another update about the Michael Jackson trial. I am not sure that this belongs in the paper at all, but perhaps they could move it to the S.A. Life section of the paper where it belongs.
2. The next story that can be cut from the A section of today's paper is on page 10A "Spamalot spoof takes the cake on Tony nominations." Again, perhaps this more properly belongs in the SA Life.
As for the Michael Jackson story, I wholeheartedly agree! Unfortunately, I think realistically we would be voted down by the majority of the SAEN readers who need their daily fix of celebrity scandal news.
As for Spamalot, normally I would agree that a story about Broadway plays should go to the Arts section, however this is announcing the Tony nominees and that tends to be newsier - like when they announce the nominees for the Oscars or the Grammys - those stories always go in the A section initially.