Though the poll receives an A1 billing in the national edition, the story is below the fold on the 17th page of todayâ€™s New York edition.
The Timesâ€™s previous four monthly polls this year have all received A1 billings in the New York edition, and usually an A17 article, too (on the second page of their inside â€śNationalâ€ť section). Surely the Times should give better placement to Americansâ€™ opinion of our president, as their editorial board put it, â€ś[taking] the moral high ground on what may be the great civil rights struggle of our timeâ€ť?
Further, one should never make too much of a single poll, but one finding was truly surprising and doesnâ€™t receive any mention at all: Romney leads Obama among women, 46 to 44, erasing the somewhat substantial gender gap from Aprilâ€™s equivalent poll (Obama 49, Romney 43), and overall, leads the president 46 points to 43.
In their 19-paragraph, 1,129-word analysis, the Times doesnâ€™t deign to mention the female cross-tab number.
The last time I read a dead-tree newspaper, I was a child. But I’m guessing putting something on “A17″ means that most of the fossils who still read the dead-tree Old York Times won’t know about the poll.
“What do you expect? Youâ€™re going to meet a cute travel agent when youâ€™re reading a newspaper at a bookstore? None of those things exist anymore.”