Klosterman: 7 of 23

Defying all expectations, a
group of Scottish marine biologists capture a live Loch Ness Monster. In
an almost unbelievable coincidence, a bear hunter in the Pacific
Northwest shoots a Sasquatch in the thigh, thereby allowing zoologists
to take the furry monster into captivity. These events happen on the
same afternoon. That evening, the president announces he may have
thyroid cancer and will undergo a biopsy later that week.
You are the front page editor of The New York Times: What do you play as the biggest story?

What's going to sell more papers? In my opinion, el Presidente will. Think of how many people don't believe that such creatures exist in nature. Would they be most likely to read that story, or would they brush it off as drivel? There are still people who don't believe in global warming, so there's no way I could have the lead story in the Times as a report on the Loch Ness Monster & a Sasquatch. The best I could do, & my most likely decision, would be to have the President as the story above the fold of the front page of the paper, with "Monster-gate 2010" underneath the fold.

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