En el análisis de la agenda informativa de los diarios de EU publicado por Slate magazine destaca la atención que se ha brindado a la independencia de Kosovo y las divisiones que el tema ha ocasionado en la comunidad internacional. En cuanto a la cobertura electoral, Slate menciona que LAT analiza los esfuerzos de Obama por ganar el voto hispano y de trabajadrores blancos, que han sido factores clave de apoyo para Hillary Clinton. En Ohio, Obama está enfatizando promesas de cambio en las políticas comerciales de EU, tratando de ligar a Clinton con el TLCAN, que es particularmente impopular entre la clase trabajadora.
The Washington Post and New York Times lead with Kosovo’s parliament declaring independence from Serbia. Thousands of ethnic Albanians celebrated in the streets of Kosovo, but the news brought to the forefront deep divisions within the international community about whether the Serbian province should be recognized as an independent state. The United States and several European countries are expected to support the move, while Serbia and Russia quickly condemned it, “setting up a thorny dispute reminiscent of the Cold War,” says the Los Angeles Times.
The LAT fronts a look at Sen. Barack Obama’s efforts to gain support from Latinos and working-class white voters, who have been an important part of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s base, for the upcoming primaries in Texas and Ohio. To woo Latinos, Obama is highlighting his background to portray himself as the candidate who better understands their concerns. But, as the WP details, Obama is clearly fighting an uphill battle in a state where Clinton and her husband have deep ties. In Ohio, Obama is emphasizing promises to change U.S. trade policies while tying Clinton to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is particularly unpopular with union members. Obama is distributing fliers that say “Hillary Clinton believed NAFTA was a ‘boon’ to our economy.” But, as the LAT notes near the end of its story, Clinton didn’t actually use the word boon when talking about NAFTA-rather a newspaper used the word when characterizing her position.
The NYT points out inside that some of Obama’s speeches, in which he fights back against Clinton’s contention that he offers lots of inspiring words but no solutions, sound incredibly similar to remarks given by Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts during his 2006 campaign. “Don’t tell me words don’t matter,” Obama said on Saturday. ” ‘I have a dream’-just words? ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’-just words? ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself’-just words? Just speeches?” And here’s Patrick one month before his election: “‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself’-just words? ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’ Just words? ‘I have a dream’-just words?” But Patrick doesn’t mind at all. In fact, he and Obama have talked about the issue at length, and Patrick shared the language with Obama’s speechwriters. “The point is more important than whose argument it is,” Patrick said. “It’s a transcendent argument.”