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August 19, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Aug. 19, 2012


Ryan choice merited more news coverage

When I began to read the Sunday, Aug. 12 Tribune-Star I expected to see coverage of Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his runningmate. The big story was about “Torpedo Aims for Gold.” Swimmer Evan Austin, a contender in the Paralympics Games in London, has a great story. Being a local hero who has overcome difficult odds, he is inspiring to read about.  

However, we have an extremely important election coming up, and the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan news rated a little mention on page 4.

I thought Monday’s TribStar might provide some more news about the VP pick, and there it was at the bottom of the front page. Maureen Dowd —  I’m sorry, Maureen Hayden, Indiana Statehouse Bureau Chief —  weighed in with a snarky column beginning with comments about Paul Ryan’s great hair. She went on to cite a recent poll that found voters viewed President Obama as being “more caring” than Mitt Romney and a Pew survey showing Obama’s personal favorability rating at 50 percent. The point being that great hair doesn’t add up to likability. Hey, what’s not to like about Big Daddy-O, who’s the distributor-in-chief of all those government goodies and keeps promising more.

There are excuses to be made for the coverage of the Paul Ryan pick, I’m sure. The story of a local Paralympics star deserves attention,  the paper focuses on local news, the Ryan selection was made on Saturday — no time to give it front-page coverage on Sunday, people saw the news on TV, etc.  

Maureen Hayden, of course, is a regular contributor. It does seem that the TribStar might have given more coverage to the selection of Paul Ryan. This could be the election of a lifetime, and it seems the TribStar is downplaying an important part of the process.

— Judith Francis

Terre Haute

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