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Newsday chooses Palin over Protesters in Print Edition

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At times I wonder how editors of newspapers decide how to place a story or choose a front cover.   As I took my Friday's Newsday out of its wrapper, on the front cover was Sarah Palin.   I was shocked given the fact that two powerful protests are taking place in both Wisconsin and now Ohio.   These protests consist of thousands upon thousands of patriotic Americans who only want dignity and fairness when it comes to collective bargaining.


Then the absurdity of it all was that on page four, there was a two page spread on Sarah's visit here to Long Island.   Included in this spread were six different shots of her.  


In going to the online edition of Newsday, you will see six different stories on Palin's visit to Long Island.   Pathetic if you ask me since she has not produced nearly as much as the workers who go out everyday to earn a paycheck to keep a roof over their heads.


Again, getting back to the protests in the heartland, why not show the faces of those who are protesting.   They are teachers, nurses, fire fighters, forest workers and the like.   These are real people who go to work everyday and do not quit, because they have to put food on their family's table.   They do not seek notoriety; only to be left alone to provide much needed services to their communities.


Yes, I realize that all politics is local, but what is happening in Wisconsin, chances are they will spread nation-wide.


Again, not understanding how editors choose where to place a story, on page 30 of Newsday was a column reporting how the Democratic state senators fled to Illinois.   It took up a quarter of a page.   To dodge Wisconsin State Troopers in order to fight for their constituents is something to herald and not place deep within the print edition of any newspaper.


Let me get this straight: A presidential wannabe who quit being governor is given prime print real estate and a hot news story is placed deep within the print edition?   It is time for the media to get over Sarah Palin as we face harsh economic circumstances in this country where ordinary folks are suffering so much pain.


Also placed on page 30 is this little column titled, Sparring on federal shutdown due to the budget talks in Washington, D.C.   You would think that is more important to the country as a whole than Palin's visit to Long Island.


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