I was astonished by the front page of the April 5 Post and Courier. In fact, I was astounded by the content of the paper as a whole. Y’all buried the lead, an act of original sin for any journalistic enterprise.
For about a fifth of the human race, as well as for many here in the Holy City, Sunday was known as Easter Sunday. To a majority of your readers, Easter means secular fun (Easter eggs, Easter bunnies, family dinners, spring break from school, etc.) To a significant minority of your readers, Easter has a deep and personal religious significance.
I find it remarkable that Easter was ignored by your Sunday front page and, in fact, by all of Section A unless one counts two small photos (A2) about an Easter egg hunt at Middleton Place.
No Bethlehem. No Pope in Rome. No nothing anywhere in the paper except for an opinion piece by Rich Lowry (B2) “How Christianity helped create the Western world.”
When coverage of a news story, or lack of coverage, is challenged by a reader or viewer, the usual response is, that it was a matter of “our editorial judgment.” The clear implication is that the judgment of the news professionals is superior to that of the reader, listener or viewer.
Now look at the Comic Section of Sunday’s paper. “Peanuts,” “For Better or for Worse” and “Hi and Lois,” all “family values” comic strips, had secular Easter strips, while the “B.C.” strip had a serious and clearly religious Easter message.
Perhaps at your next executive retreat you should discuss which vision of your readership is out or step, your editors’ or the syndicates who try to appeal to a wide audience of ordinary Americans.
Newspapers struggle. They say it’s because of the Internet. Could it be that the sophisticated journalists now no longer represent the experiences and views of your audience?
Charles N. Lord
Isle of Palms