How newspapers in N.C. played the Comey story


The biggest news story of Thursday was James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Out of curiosity, I checked the Newseum to see which newspapers in N.C. published the story on their front pages. Of 19 newspapers listed, eight did. Adding the Winston-Salem Journal, which isn’t on the site, makes nine.

The story has a presence¬†on the front pages of all of the state’s large newspapers — Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston, Fayetteville, Asheville and Wilmington. It’s also on the front pages of the Elizabeth City and Henderson County papers. Makes sense: it’s history.

What kinds of stories are on the 11 other newspaper front pages? City council¬†budgets, United Way contributions, murders, graduations, American Revolution re-enactments and the state House’s passage of a gun bill. Very few are “big news,” except possibly in those communities.

The argument in favor of that philosophy is that citizens can get the Comey story everywhere, but they won’t be able to read about the local high school graduation or the town budget anywhere else. I buy that, too.


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