Several readers were disappointed that The N&O today didn't give more display to the history-making element of Barack Obama as the first African-American to be nominated for president by a major political party.
The N&O's story, "Obama steps into history,' focused on that angle in the lead position on the front page. But readers thought the 1 column-story was overshadowed by a larger story, with picture, about the No Child Left Behind law.
"The history-making event is getting the nomination," said Melvyn Jordan, of Raleigh. "The coverage on your front page is so tiny. It's right there with fourth graders and babies in day care. For me as an African-American, that kind of feeds the Jesse Helms concept of minimizing the accomplishments of blacks."
Steve Merelman, Front Page Editor, noted that the convention has had lead display all week: "I am committed to equal play for the Democratic and GOP conventions, and I was trying to avoid four straight days of convention displays. This will give us flexibility next week, should local news erupt or should there be a slow day at the GOP gathering. This seemed like the day to skip as a display, given that we will display Obama's acceptance speech tomorrow morning. The acceptance speech seems like the more important moment to me, anyhow."
That was my explanation to Mr. Jordan - that Obama's acceptance speech will be more historic than the pro-forma nomination. But in retrospect, perhaps we did miss the historic moment for many.