by Max Brantley
The newspaper this morning reminds me of an old Arkansas Gazette story. One day years ago, the pope died. Same day, there was a huge fire in a Stuttgart rice drier. The news editor chose the fire over the pope's death for most prominent page one play. Another editor objected. He said the New York Times would be leading with the pope's death.
"Yeah, but the New York Times doesn't have the Stuttgart fire," was the fabled reply.
PS -- I don't really have a dog in this hunt, but got to musing on the subject because my e-mail already has complaints from others.