How old is too old?
I made a quick visual survey of your front pages today and noticed that almost all of them had a story with a headline like Cheney Victim Has Heart Attack.
But didn’t nearly everybody in America – or at least the ones smart enough to read newspapers – know that the day before they saw your papers? As I recall the news arrived here before lunch. It was on cable and all over the internet immediately. It was on all the netwoirk news shows. And for those who missed all that, it was the lead item on Letterman, Leno and The Daily Show, too.
One paper took a slightly different tack: Hunter’s heart attack/ adds to glare on Cheney. That advances the story into the new day and seems much more appropriate to me.
One editor expressed concern that stories where we rely on wire or Washington reports often don’t offer choices to make that feasible. What’s your experience? Should we have handled this story differently? If so, did you have the tools to do that?