By Mike Thayer
Of all the stories to choose from after a busy holiday weekend, the Iowa City DePressed Citizen picks a nose story for the lead on the front page?
Headline: AND IT'S MAN - BY A NOSE!
Yep, that's the hard copy front page above-the-fold lead story, with pics of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head no less....... Cute? OK, but it's not hard news.
There was a passenger train derailment on Sunday killing four people in New York, but the DePressed Citizen wanted to tell us that "guys have bigger sniffers because they need more oxygen than girls" instead. I suppose with a continued desire by some to push passenger rail from Chicago floating around, this would be a bad story to run, even though it's NEWS.
The ObamaCare website still has issues, failing to live up to it's promise of being 'fixed' by November 30th, and the DePressed Citizen opted to put pictures of Mr. and Mrs. Potato head on the front page instead. The ObamaCare failure is big NEWS, affecting a lot of Iowans, but since the DePressed-Citizen is a liberal paper and the ObamaCare failures issue paints liberalism in a bad light, such a story isn't run.
I know the DePressed Citizen likes to feature local news, and the nose story is about a University of Iowa study..... But really, a study about nose size? C'mon. And the DePressed Citizen isn't even brave enough to challenge the need of such a study in developing this story. Of what benefit was this study? That men have bigger noses than women amounts to trivia. How much did this study cost? Were taxpayer dollars wasted? Provide content in search of answers to those questions and THEN you have some NEWS to report.
The Iowa Hawkeye wrestling team's continued dominance over the Iowa State Cyclones would have been a better top story than Mr. Potato Head. A story about success, a story about a team that thousands follow is better than Mr. Potato Head for the front page.
A possible gas tax hike for the state is in the news, and while the DePressed Citizen editorialized this on the opinion page in today's paper, it didn't make it as hard news, being bumped to the next-to-last page by a story about noses.
And lacking any breaking news at the local level, here's what should have been run by the DePressed Citizen as the top story for this Monday, December 2, 2013: County discusses possibilities for historic poor farm. The paper did mention this in the bottom right corner of the front page this morning, but again, Mr. Potato Head took priority.... Things that make you go hmmmmm.... The county poor farm has implications, what happens to it impacts county residents, can benefit residents. There are ideas being proposed for what to do with the poor farm, that's NEWS.
The local liberal paper, the Iowa City DePressed Citizen, picks a nose story as top news.....
This serves the community? OMG.