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It was interesting to observe how the first of Sen. John Kerry’s numerous official announcements for the 2004 Democratic Presidential nomination was played in the local and national media today. The Boston Herald went overboard, making it the lead story and embellishing it with a flattering photograph covering two-thirds of the front page. The Boston Globe also gave Kerry a big play, using about a third of the front page—below the fold for its lavish coverage. The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal each gave the story only one brief paragraph on page one, with more inside.

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