Election Story: "Patience" in NYT, "Chaos" in the Post
A hundred years ago, there were forty-eight daily newspapers in New York City. Now there are far fewer, but some range of editorial style persists. Take for example today's stories on this year's expected voting turnout:
The Times lede is a long, complex sentence informing us that the Board of Elections "is trying to avoid a repeat of the chaos that dogged the last presidential election here" in 2004, when "poll workers were inadequately trained, phone calls went unanswered," and a few other things.
"Election Day could be D-Day -- for disaster," reads the Post story's opening sentence, lacking only an exclamation point and a Page Three girl to heighten the excitement. Also, "Worried city election officials are biting their nails..."
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The Times's tone is almost advisory, telling us that absentee balloting has been rough and allowing a BOE official to ask for our "patience," as an "unprecedented" number of registrations has clogged the system -- though the BOE has manned and equipped up. Later they get to the long-standing beef between the Mayor and the Board.
The Post starts with conflict: last week the Board asked Bloomberg for more money, mayoral aides called it an "unsettling surprise" and warned "the board will have to take the blame for any screw-ups."
The Post, which has endorsed John McCain, ends almost despairingly, talking of a "crush" of late registrants and the extra effort required of poll-workers, which may discourage attendance in the heavily blue city. The Times, which has endorsed Barack Obama, ends with helpful phone numbers and a web address.
The Daily News has a story about early voting across the nation, comprised mostly of man-in-the-polling-place quotes.
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