Debbie Knez: Daily Press coverage disrespected President-elect Barack Obama
November 21, 2008
To the editor:
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, was a day of American history in the making. It was a major historical event that our children will no doubt be required to learn about in school.
The Steamboat Today shows his picture as front-page news. The first paragraph states, “Barack Obama swept to victory as the nation’s first black president Tuesday night in an electoral college landslide that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself.”
The Craig Daily Press shows some voters clapping, and the first paragraph states, “Moffat County bucked the national and statewide outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election, supporting the Republican candidate for president by more than 70 percent.”
How totally disrespectful can you get? To place our future president’s picture on the back page of our town’s one and only newspaper was, in my opinion, not only totally rude, but also discriminatory. With Moffat County being “70 percent” Republican, does anyone seriously think that John McCain’s picture would have been placed on the last page if he had won this election?
I heard that the reason President-elect Barack Obama only rated the back page was because the editor of the Craig Daily Press had a rule that only events that pertained directly to Moffat County were rated as front-page news. Well, I’m pretty sure that the Democrats, 30 percent of Moffat County, who voted in this election also are members of Moffat County.
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This election not only will affect all Moffat County residents, but also our state and our nation, as a whole. I think it is shameful and truly unprofessional that the Craig Daily Press chose to be so disrespectful to our nation’s future leader.
And just for the record, I did not vote for Barack Obama.