For those of you not in the Northwest, the Oregonian is the major newspaper in the state and in Portland specifically. If you like to read it . . . I'm happy that you enjoy it. I used to subscribe to the paper (6 or 7 years ago), but found that the majority of the time I was picking it up off the front porch and putting it in the recycling bin on the back porch. More recently I have been working at a place that sells this paper, so I get to see the headlines on a daily basis. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover, but I think it's ok with newspapers.
During the NBA season I think we went for 18 days straight where the front page article was about the Portland Trailblazers. There were numerous days where there was news that had an impact an any way on the citizens of the city and state. Lately, we have gone back and forth between the 'Blazers and the birth of a baby elephant at the zoo. Yeah, Obama's selection of a VP candidate didn't make it, Obama's speech got bumped, Huricanes ravaging the gulf - no mention.
How is this our major news source? Basketball and pachyderms are the reason that people will pick up the paper? Readership is increased by a giant picture of Greg Oden? How shallow is our city? This makes me feel a little embarrassed to be an Oregonian - good thing that only about 20% of the people here actually read the thing.