Filibuster national story
We were the only newspaper in the Bay Area, and I suspect one of the few in the country, who did not lead their newspaper with the deal in the Senate Monday night to address the filibuster issue on judicial nominees. The senior editors all wanted to lead the paper with the filibuster story, but I did not. The story is deadly reading to begin with, and the hot air coming out of the Senate on the issue -- "Sen. Robert Byrd, We have kept the Republic" was over the top. It was easy to predict how newspapers would carry the news, banner headlines with one or two stories starting out front and a utility box to make it easier to navigate the issue. That type of play requires devoting a good chunk of the front page to the issue, and I wasn't willing to give up that much room to the issue on A1.