Protesters in Oklahoma rally against a local newspaper after the paper decided not to publish the results of Tuesday's presidential election.

The Sapulpa Daily Herald printed Wednesday's paper like any other day.

Except for one omission....no mention that Barack Obama won presidential election.

One paragraph on the front page did report the majority of Creek County voted for McCain.

Protesters said it was a sign of racism and poor journalism.

Publisher Darren Sumner says he would've done the same thing had McCain won.

He says viewers get their national news from TV or the internet and the paper's main focus is local events.

The Herald's circulation is about five-thousand.


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  • by ANGRY ABOUT RACIST OKIES! on Nov 11, 2008 at 11:44 AM
    It is racism. All you okie go around proud cause McCain got every county & the highest %. Thank god you redneck have no impact on the major part of the election. And he won with our you stinking okie votes. You all claim to be so holy whatever I have never in my life seen so many people with hate in there hearts angry cause a black man one. Majority of the people in OK especially the smaller towns are a bunch of racist cowards. Your a coward you fake & lie about it. So what McCain won OK. OBAMA IS PRESIDENT!! If you don't like it then get over it. You people & you know who you are should be ashamed of yourselves. I am so glad this state was not needed for him.
  • by Davis, Southlake Location: Texas on Nov 11, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    My hometown is less than 12K and the paper circulation is about the same as Supupla and Terrel newspaper. Like the other two towns--my hometown voted McCain too, but our editor had common and fair sense and published the presidential race with Barack picture. Newspapers should report history no matter if it is local or national, etc. www.bastropenterprise.com
  • by Local journalist Location: Michigan on Nov 11, 2008 at 05:36 AM
    I wouldn't be too quick to leap to allegations of racism. I don't know this paper's history, but many small local papers face a dilemma when deciding how to cover national news that most of their readers have already heard somewhere else. Some papers (especially the very small ones) adopt an all-local approach and don't cover national and state news at all; others try to make sure every national story has some kind of local spin (I actually saw one paper that ran the headline "Obama wins Wyandotte County, the White House"). Deb, in her comment below, has the right idea: First, look at the paper's history with regard to coverage of national and state news, then see if the election coverage is consistent.
  • by Jay Location: CT on Nov 10, 2008 at 10:03 PM
    It's a local newspaper, and I don't see why they would have to print a story that had been reported online and on TV for hours before residents even received their copy. People read local newspapers for school bus schedules, obituaries, classifieds, and town hall news. People crying racism, grow up. This has nothing to do with race, and it makes you look petty and ignorant to be crying racism even after Obama was elected.
  • by Alexandra Location: Austin, TX on Nov 10, 2008 at 06:48 PM
    I want to know the same thing as Deb wants to know. Were the 2004 and 2000 election results reported in this "newspaper" or not? If so, then Summer is a disgrace to his field and should be fired. If you print anything about the story, then you are supposed to print the WHOLE story.
  • by kristen Location: tulsa, ok on Nov 10, 2008 at 05:37 PM
    I'm from Tulsa, OK which is not too far from Sapulpa. I'm so embarrassed that people this close to where I live could be so ignorant. Sapulpa has been backwards ever since I can remember and I guess things still haven't changed.
  • by Rosalyn Location: Arizona on Nov 10, 2008 at 02:55 PM
    Let's look at the Bush Election and see what the paper said then. We all know what we will find. All I can say, is thank you for staying in that little town with your ignorant, bitter,hateful & negative attitudes, the real world is a better place with you not being a part of it!
  • by Diane Location: NY on Nov 10, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    I work for a small weekly newspaper in upstate NY and we will probably not publish election results. We never have. We only publish local news and never touch national news unless there is a direct local connection. We only mentioned 9/11 when we found someone who had been there. I do not know this newspaper so I am not defending them. I can simply attest that in some local newspapers a national election is not news no matter how historic. And I am not the editor so I did not make the policy.
  • by millie Location: pembroke pines , fla on Nov 10, 2008 at 12:30 PM
    I believe this is racism and this Newspaper should be boycott! IGNORANT!
  • by Lisa Williams Location: Indiana on Nov 10, 2008 at 12:01 PM
    What a crock. This gutless wonder, Summer, won't even cop to why he did it. This "newspaper" should close its doors.
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