Trendlines: is no news good news?

Today’s front page of the New York Times featured a left column story about a new trend in holiday travel: Thanksgiving vacation is now a weeklong venture. Strapped for cash, travelers booked their flights early to avoid steep airline fees. But what the Times didn’t report is that apparently, the news has taken an extended vacation, too.

Of the six front-page articles in the national edition, only one provided a report on Tuesday’s happenings, a story about President Obama and his promise to “finish the job” in Afghanistan by sending in an additional 25,000 to 30,000 troops.

What else was on the page? Lots of trends.

“Soccer in Iraq: Another Field For Argument”
“From the Hospital Room to Bankruptcy Court”
“Seeking Deals, Holiday Fliers Get Early Start”
“Spare Change for Homeless? Cuomo Sees a Sham and Sues”
“In Reality Show to Drop Weight, Health Can Be Lost in the Frenzy”

Maybe there really was no news on Tuesday (the Los Angeles Times front page was similarly trendy, with articles about activists in N. Korea, the top U.S. intelligence officer in Afghanistan and an immigrant enclave in Minneapolis under FBI investigation). Or maybe the lack of Wednesday-before-Thanksgiving hard news reporting has something to do with the recent axing of 100 Times newsroom staff who write the stories.


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