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Monday, November 10, 2008

Newspaper ignores Obama victory: Terrell Tribune under fire

Terrelltribune The Terrell Tribune, serving Kaufman County, Texas, ignored Barack Obama's victory in the U.S. presidential election, preferring, instead, to reserve their cover story for Jackson's victory over Schoen in the local county commissioner race.

The Obama presidential victory, however, wasn't pushed back to page A2, say, or A3, it wasn't included at all.

The decision has led to a protest outside of the Tribune's offices.

"That's what I wanted, a keepsake," said Lera Duncan, who was among the protestors. "And this was very disappointing to me."

Bill Jordan, the publisher of the newspaper, was unmoved by the protest, and was unapologetic:

"We run a newspaper, not a memory book service," he said. "We covered the local commissioner's race. We thought that was more important."

Here's a video from WFAA-TV recounting the news story.

UPDATE: While the paper is very locally-focused, on the day of the election the Tribune's cover story was about John McCain. The headline read "McCain makes Election Day stops."

UPDATE2: The Terrell Tribune is not the only paper to ignore Obama's victory. The Sapulpa Daily Herald in Oklahoma also overlooked the victory of The One. We have the story here.

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on November 10, 2008 in Media, U.S. politics | Permalink

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Well, if today's online version of the Terrell Tribune is any indication, the people who are upset that there was no Obama victory story must not be regular readers of the paper.

Today in "news" there are four stories on their webpage: (1) National Guard building soon to close; (2) Local MDA fundraiser; (3) Pre-Marital Education classes are being offered locally; and (4) The Terrell Airport Board will meet Wednesday. The "features" were (1) Terrell Detachment celebrates Marines 233rd birthday; and (2) Elementary School hosts march to kick off Diabetes Awareness Month.

If that is representative of the kind of stories they cover, then it's no surprise there was no Obama story. It's a VERY locally-oriented paper.

Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-11-10 3:56:42 PM


Freedom of the press doesn't mean they have to make nice for every politician or provide them each with some soapbox time. This paper decided that the local race was what they wanted to devote their space to and that is their right. Furthermore good for them in covering something that wasn't going to be covered by someone else. Even if they did pay homage to my candidate of choice, it is their right and good for them to remembering why they have it.

If people want a keep sake tell them to buy a copy of the NY Times.

Posted by: Brad Hart @ A DoFollow Blog | 2008-11-10 4:20:15 PM


Yee-haw!!!!!!!!! (Keepsake is one word, Brad)If these people really want to protest, cancel their subscriptions. Papers are struggling anyway (ink is expensive!), and this one will fold quickly without many readers.

Posted by: kd | 2008-11-10 4:36:16 PM


No company is going to commit professional suicide and act in a manner that would cause them to fail. The paper obviously understands its customer base and felt like it could ignore the election day results and still remain a viable entity. It is their right. If people are upset, they should just refuse to buy the paper.That is what we do in a capitalist society. It is the beauty of free market capitalism.

Posted by: Mike | 2008-11-10 5:57:39 PM


What's the big deal? If I ran a newspaper I probably would have ignored it too :-D

Posted by: Suzanne | 2008-11-10 8:19:56 PM


So an American president is elected and some local rag doesn't think it's important enough to publish? The tool of an editor defends his decision? Really? Gotta wonder if these folks burn American flags in the back room. Shame on them.

Posted by: RealAmerican | 2008-11-10 8:45:51 PM


Ground breaking history is made in this country and they ignore it?! The same folks are probably also heading up the local KKK meetings as well.

Posted by: mal | 2008-11-10 9:36:29 PM


Sour grapes, anyone?

Posted by: Zoe | 2008-11-11 5:46:29 AM


Hey, what's the big deal - these people now represent the "Republican base" .... Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky - the same folks who constitute the 19% of Americans who still think Bush has done "a heckuvajob.

Let them and the Baracuda battle it out for the soul of that tattered party - those of us in the reality based society are happy to take over the adult table for awhile.

Posted by: solid sender | 2008-11-11 6:48:29 AM


This is clearly a paper for elderly gentlement who write long weekly letters to the editor about flag-burning.

Posted by: sad rags | 2008-11-11 7:02:21 AM


Jaws,

"UPDATE: While the paper is very locally-focused, on the day of the election the Tribune's cover story was about John McCain. The headline read 'McCain makes Election Day stops.' "

Unfortunately, the entire McCain story does not seem to be findable online. The reason it matters is because if the McCain story they ran was like this one: "McCain to make Election Day stop in Grand Junction" in the Grand Junction (Colorado) Free Press on election day, then the McCain story *IS* local news, not evidence of coverage bias. Even if the McCain story in the Terrell Tribune *WASN'T* a local story, it would seem that including it was more the annomally, not failing to have an "Obama wins" story.

Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-11-11 7:37:33 AM


yeah, what right do people have to expect a newspaper to cover...well... NEWS?

Simply ridiculous. Next they'll be expecting banks to deal with money and the post office to deliver mail!!!

Posted by: Jason D | 2008-11-12 10:14:45 AM


Guess what...I don't really care what some small town racist extablishment does because on January 20th, 2009 the people of Kaufman County, Texas will have a President named Barack Obama and there is nothing thay can do about it. What else do they have...please give me more to laugh about.

Posted by: K Baker | 2008-11-12 5:10:02 PM



THIS IS THE MESSAGE I SENT TO TIM CROFT OF THE STAR PAPER IN PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA (LOCATED IN THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE) ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF BLATANT RACISM ALIVE AND DISAPPOINTING IN FLORIDA (HOWEVER OBAMA WON THE STATE OF FLORIDA)

TIM CROFT (CONTRIBTING EDITOR FOR THE STAR, PANAMA CITY NEWS HEARLD AND THE APALACHICOLA PAPERS - ALL SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES)

I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY UTTER DISGUST WITH YOUR NEWSPAPER IN REFUSING TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE REAL, SIGNIFICANT, MOMENTOUS, REMARKABLE, EXTRAORDINARY AND NATIONALLY CELEBRATED HEADLINE OF NOVEMBER 4, 2008.

BARACK OBAMA - ELECTED THE 44TH
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!

NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK - HE IS THE PRESIDENT ELECT. YOUR DISREGARD OF THE DAYS EVENT IS A TRUE TESTAMENT OF THE OVERT RACISM IN MANY SMALL TOWNS IN AMERICA.

I AM A TRUE FLORIDIAN (BORN AND RAISED IN PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA) AND COULD NOT BE ANY MORE PROUD TO SAY THAT I AM FROM FLORIDA IN 2008.
SOMETHING I WOULD NOT ADMIT FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS. DUE IN LARGE PART TO TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES IN PLACE TODAY IT WAS HARD FOR FLORIDA TO ACCOMPLISH THE "TRICKERY" OF PREVIOUS ELECTIONS. FLORIDA WAS ONE OF MANY STATES PLACED IN A NATIONAL SPOT LIGHT (I WAS WATCHING).

I HAVE TRAVELED THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD AS A MILITARY AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROFESSIONAL, I AM ELATED TO HAVE PRESIDENT ELECT THAT WILL WORK "FOR THE PEOPLE," ALL THE PEOPLE."

I OFTEN VIEW THE STAR PAPER ON LINE AND PASS THROUGH PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA AND WILL LET OTHERS THAT I MEET IN MY CAREER THAT PORT ST. JOE,
FLORIDA IS STILL STUCK IN THE TRADITION OF RACISM AND THAT THEY SHOULD NOT SPEND THEIR DOLLARS IN A PLACE THAT REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE THE PRESIDENT ELECT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA... PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA IS NOT A PATRIOTIC TOWN TO LIVE OR VISIT BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HONOR THEIR OWN SLOGAN "COUNTRY FIRST!" THE ELECTION IS OVER AND I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO SUPPORT THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – BARACK OBAMA.


Posted by: KallyT | 2008-11-13 9:04:09 AM


Hey, solid sender, broad generalizations about people in certain states makes you just as moronic as the editor of this paper. Not everyone in the south is a Bush fan.

Posted by: Heather | 2009-01-22 3:06:09 PM


Looks like they're a memory book service after all.

http://terrelltribune.com/articles/2009/01/22/i_news/doc4978aede2c4cb791272358.txt

Posted by: JEFF | 2009-01-22 6:38:27 PM



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