Dog 'News' and Other Front-Page Flaws

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I recently signed up for The Post because I was looking for another source of news to supplement my local paper. I eagerly awaited my first delivery last Sunday, but I was puzzled to find a story about the first family's new dog on the front page ["The First Puppy Makes a Big Splash"]. Shouldn't this have been an entertainment story?

Perhaps the story on medical marijuana laws that you put on Page A3 would have been more appropriate. If you felt the need to have President Obama prominently featured on the front page, you could have reconsidered putting on Page A8 a more substantial report, concerning his calls for greater international cooperation after his trip abroad. I was also interested in the story of the sea captain on Page A10 written the day before he was rescued from the pirates.

-- Kelli Massey-Makhoul



What happened to real news? The top two headlines in last Sunday's paper concerned the status of development around Nationals Park and the first family's new dog. The dog story was accompanied by photos with the caption: "Readers can decide for themselves whether the puppy on the left is the same as the official White House puppy on the right." How about: Who cares?

Only three pages were devoted to world news, once the advertisements were factored in. And I won't even go there about how you have shrunk the size of the comics during the week, except to say I need a magnifying glass to read them.

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