The 15 Papers That Didn’t Mention Health Care on the Front Page

For whatever reason, these newspapers did not feature the historic vote

Nearly every newspaper in America devoted at least part of their front pages on Monday to Sunday night’s historic vote on health care.

But not all. Of 406 U.S. newspaper covers uploaded to Newseum.org on Monday, 15 did not mention the health care vote.

For some of them, the vote probably occurred too late for their deadlines. (Others opted to run stories acknowledging a vote was taking place.)

Here are the aforementioned 15, along with the subjects of their top front-page stories:

Benton County Daily Herald, Bentonville, Arkansas
Spring snowstorm.

Northwest Arkansas Times, Fayetteville, Arkansas
"Overnight accumulation leaves Northwest Arkansas roads slippery."

The Morning News, Rogers, Arkansas
Spring snowstorm.

Stars and Stripes, Washington, D.C.
NCAA “bracket busters.”

Palm Beach Daily News, Palm Beach, Florida
"Census Forms Arriving in the Mail."

Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Florida
A story on Hollywood’s suddenly feeble leading men pegged to Ben Stiller‘s "Greenberg" character.

Commercial-News, Danville, Illinois
Photos of a maple syrup open house.

Herald-Press, Huntington, Indiana
School staff reduction.

Peru Tribune, Peru, Indiana
A local cattle show.

Wabash Plain Dealer, Wabash, Indiana
Fatal car crash at intersection kills two.

Cecil Whig, Elkton, Maryland
Fire destroys home and runaway emu found.

AMnewyork, New York City
Teen subway mugging.

The High Point Enterprise, High Point, North Carolina
"Bus seat belts not likely."

The Mount Airy News, Mount Airy, North Carolina
"Boy Scouts learn skills at Merit Badge College."

Bluffton Today, Bluffton, South Carolina
Construction of a new middle school gym.

But just because health care made the front cover didn’t mean it was always the biggest story. Tiger Woods’ first interviews since his sex scandal split some tabloids, like the Boston Herald.

For others, local stories were played just as big. In Duluth, for instance, Obama’s health bill had to fight with the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s triple overtime victory in the NCAA Division I women’s hockey final, and Joe Mauer’s $184 million contract extension with the Minnesota Twins. In the Rio Grande Valley, it was “mutton rides.”

UPDATE: Howard Witt, senior editor at Stars and Stripes, takes issue with their inclusion on "this list of shame":

"We are a newspaper published for U.S. troops overseas, hence our deadline is 2pm EST each day. Which means the health care vote occurred fully 9 hours after our deadline. We are of course putting the story on our front page in the next available edition, namely Tuesday’s."

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