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What leads the news

Posted by James McPherson on May 6, 2008

Political junkies await the news from North Carolina and Indiana and TV’s talking heads drone on about how whatever happens will affect Clinton’s or Obama’s chances in the Democratic primary or the general election (my prediction: regardless of today’s results, Obama will be the nominee without a convention fight, and most people won’t pay much attention until August, anyway).

It’s interesting and sometimes sad to see what various news sites locations choose to focus on–especially if we compare it to the overseas story. As of right now, various sites offer the following lead headlines (some have more than one competing for the top spot):

  • ABC: “Crucial moment for Dems in campaign: Who will come out ahead?”
  • CBS: “Clinton, Obama in battle for Indiana, N.C.” and “Frat members nabbed for major cocaine ring”
  • Fox: “Two-state push: Clinton and Obama look to Indiana and N. Carolina for pivotal wins”
  • MSNBC: “Ind. voters weigh Wright, gas, Iraq”
  • USA Today: “Democrats jamming polls in Indiana and North Carolina”
  • Washington Post: “Playing an expectations game in Indiana, N.C.”
  • Wall Street Journal: “Stocks shake off oil’s surge”
  • New York Times: “Aid flows to Myanmar as magnitude of loss grows”
  • Al Jazeera: “Myanmar cyclone toll soars”
  • BBC: “Burma’s cylcone death toll soars”
  • Christian Science Monitor: “Will Burma (Myanmar) let world in for aid” and “McCain courts blue-collar Democrats”
  • The Guardian: “Cyclone death toll rises to 22,000 as Burma seeks aid”

 

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