Public Editor

First Cruz, then Paul - a precedent for presidential announcements?

A caller asked an especially insightful question about something on the front page of today’s print edition of The Star:

“I see you have Rand Paul out here on the cover of the paper. Does that mean you’re doing the same thing with all the others? Doesn’t look fair to me if you don’t.”

I can tell you that this very question was discussed at the planning meeting yesterday afternoon — and yes, editors do intend to give similar play to the other major contenders for the race.

Does it matter that the two who have declared so far, Paul and Ted Cruz, are not likely to win the Republican Party’s nomination? I would say no, but their relatively high profile make their candidacies newsworthy. I would not argue that the many fringe candidates with no name recognition in every race would merit the same coverage.