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How Newspapers Across the Country Covered the Hobby Lobby Decision

The partisan rift is startling.

(Newseum)

July 1, 2014

How local newspapers handle major national stories can tell a lot about the area they represent. That was especially true in the aftermath of Monday's Supreme Court ruling to limit the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

Front pages from across the country either proclaimed "A Major Victory for Religious Rights" or "Court Limits Birth Control Rule." The subtleties in the headlines speak to the political leanings across the country and how different people interpret the Court's decision.

See the differences between 12 front pages from across the United States:

 

Wall Street Journal vs. New York Times


The more conservative Journal writes "Grants," while the left-leaning Times says, "Limits."

Indiana's Journal & Courier vs. San Francisco Chronicle


Displayed prominently in an Indiana newspaper, while nearly ignored in the San Francisco paper.

Chicago Tribune vs. The Bismarck Tribune


The Chicago paper focused on contraception, while the North Dakota paper focused on "religious rights."

Indianapolis Star vs. Minneapolis Star-Tribune


Again, "religious freedom" versus "birth control."

The Des Moines Register vs. The Anniston Star


Some newspapers make a point to focus on local issues. The lead headline in The Des Moines Register is about the upcoming Iowa Caucuses, while the Alabama paper focuses on Southern Baptists.

The Oklahoman vs. St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Some headlines heralded Hobby Lobby's victory, while others stuck to the Supreme Court's actions.

The readership for a newspaper in San Francisco is a lot different than the readership in Oklahoma City. It makes sense that the headlines would reflect that difference.

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