This past week, the News & Observer provided a textbook example of this.
This past Thursday, the News & Observer featured two Raleigh stories on page 3A. One story covered Raleigh's implementation of police body cameras. It's an issue the Raleigh City Council has pursued for close to two years - bowing to Black Lives Matter and PACT (Police Accountability Community Task Force). Raleigh will spend close to $5 million over the next three years on this program.
Pretty big deal one would think. Probably worthy of front page coverage. But no, it's featured on page 3A - at the bottom with not enough space for the whole story which carries over to another page.
The other story? It's the one featured right above the story on police body cameras. It was of such critical importance that they crowded out the policy body cameras story so they could make space for the entire article on page 3A.
That critical importance? Jenna Cooper, some girl from Raleigh, got the first rose on "The Bachelor."
And the N&O wonders why readership has dropped. Most folks can buy more entertaining tabloid trash in the check out line.