Angeles Times/CNN Presidential Debates (Republicans)
Thursday March 2, 2000 at Harry Chandler Auditorium in the Los Angeles Times Building, Los Angeles, CA. 6:00-7:00 p.m. (PST)
"Bush, McCain set cutthroat tone for debate in California" (USA Today)
Return to Familiar Issues: Recrimination and Religious Tolerance"
"GOP Rivals Trade Jabs on Tactics, Financing" (Washington Post)
"California debate lacks fireworks" (Washington Times)
"In GOP Debate, Rivals Bristle Over Attacks" (Los Angeles Times)
general story on page 1A ("Religion still at issue as vote nears" subhead
"McCain says he won't leave GOP" by Judy Keen and Jill Lawrence) but the
focused debate coverage is on the top half of page 11A. The three
left columns include the article and photo. USA Today's Jill
Lawrence and Judy Keen wrote the article, headlined "Bush, McCain set cutthroat
tone for debate in California." The photo, by Paul J. Richards, Agence
France-Presse, is a medium shot that shows Bush,
Keyes and the McCain TV monitor before the debate. The right
three columns are Walter Shapiro's "Hype & Glory," headlined "In lackluster
faceoff, the debate was live, the line were reruns."
New York Times--No
front page mention; the debate was an item in the News Summary on page
A2 ("Republican Presidential Debate"). All told, the day's paper
had three pages of election coverage; reporting on the debate ran across
the top two-thirds of page A14 and included an article and photo and excerpts.
The article, by the Times' Todd S. Purdum and Alison Mitchell, had
the headline "Candidates Return to Familiar
Issues: Recrimination and Religious Tolerance." The photo, by Stephen
Crowley/The New York Times, was a medium wide
shot showing Bush, McCain on the TV monitor and audience in the background
(note that Keyes is not shown). Excerpts ran under the article.
one article, no photos whatsoever. The article, by the Post's
Dan Balz and Terry M. Michael, is in two columns on the left side of the
front page with the headline just below the fold:
"GOP Rivals Trade Jabs on Tactics, Financing." The article
continues across the bottom quarter of page A19 under the headline "Bush,
McCain Clash Over Campaign Tactics, Fund-Raising." (The top part
of A19 has other election news and the opposite page, A18, is a full page
on McCain. Note that the Post's coverage of the March 1 Democratic
debate was almost identical in terms of layout).
Washington Times--An article on the debate by the Times' Dave Boyer ran on page A12 under the headline "California debate lacks fireworks" and the subhead "McCain, Bush, Keyes see GOP victory." The rest of the page had other election coverage.
Los Angeles Times--Front
page article and photo. Color photo at the center of the front page,
above the fold, is by David J. Phillip/Pool and shows Keyes
speaking during the debate while Bush and the McCain television monitor
look on. The article, by the Times' Ronald Brownstein,
is in one column below the photo and has the headline "In GOP Debate, Rivals
Bristle Over Attacks." Brownstein's article continues on the top
half of page A16 where it includes two photos. The continuation headline
reads "DEBATE: McCain and Bush Sharpen Key Disagreements." The larger,
top photo, by Brian Walski/Los Angeles Times, is a medium
wide shot that shows Bush and Keyes embracing after the debate with some
of the audience looking on and applauding. Below is a photo
by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times showing McCain
getting make up before the debate. In addition to regular
coverage in its front section, the Times produced a special four-page
section with a complete transcript of the debate including six
photos of the candidates.
Copyright 1999, 2000
Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.