Tragedy struck in Boston Monday during an annual running marathon. You better believe that every news source was on it when the incident happened. Yahoo. CNN. Every single one of them. So it surprised me a little bit when I saw that The Plain Dealer didn't also bombard itself with updates and information on the incident. Perhaps it's because I didn't look at my beat until this weekend. Perhaps it's because the issue happened in a different state. But that shouldn't be an excuse. Other sites that covered the issue focus on national news. They don't spend time on just one particular state. Yet they still covered the marathon to an extensive amount: so why not TPD?
On Ohio's front page, the only article that I saw today was "Five Days of Fear: What Happened In Boston." Click on it and you'll see five Boston-Marathon-related articles to the right of the article in a separate box. On the right you'd see the number of Facebook "likes" and tweets each article gained. Two people liked the article from Facebook and one individual put it up on Twitter. The article written was long, too, with no pictures or any sort of multimedia. What made the circumstance worse: the content didn't consist of original work. The Associated Press wrote it. I didn't want to read it at all. I'm serious. Take a look: only one photo is in the piece. The editors should’ve broken up the piece a lot more. There's also only two comments under the article. That indicated to me that the people in Cleveland don’t really care about the problem at hand.
Not only that, but the Boston story wasn't considered the top ranked. Above the piece on the front page, there's an article that reads "ACLU claims patently false." The city is basically telling me right now that some jail issue is more important than what happened in Boston. Nice.
As you scroll down the page, you see one more article: "Boston Top Cop: Bombers likely sought more attacks." But other than that, that's it for the state. Not even the opinion columnists had anything to say Sunday morning. Most comments were directed toward the NFL. Ohio must really not give two craps about Boston.
I really hope that I missed something based on what I've seen. The Boston Marathon was not really covered that well by The Plain Dealer. Yes, on TPD's Facebook page there is more information: about four or five more posts, but those were basically written on Friday. When you get past the end of the week, it's as though nothing happened that fateful day in Boston. Not the news source's best day.