Do Australians care more about horses than the US Presidential Elections?

I was just looking at the Vertigo Obama Newspaper cover deepzoom page and noticed all (bar one) of the Australian news papers didn’t feature the Obama victory on the front cover, they instead featured (mostly) details about a particular horse race. Does this mean Australians don’t care about what’s going on outside their own borders? Nah - it’s just that these are all the Wednesday newspapers….printed early some time on Wednesday morning or late Tuesday night. The election wasn’t really called until Wednesday afternoon here. The only paper that does feature Obama on the cover is MX, the freebie paper you get when you’re getting on the train, and which usually features celebrity gossip and the like. It is an afternoon paper. I was glad to see a number of non-Australian newspapers running stories unrelated to the US elections on the cover - such as football. Perhaps they also suffer from the terrible problem of not being in the same timezone as the continental united states.


I’m not sure this is entirely a bad thing.

The US election was one of those news items you heard too much about even if you actively sought to avoid it.

I’m all in favour of the media attempting to tell me stuff I haven’t already heard a squillion times before.

Thus… horses it is.
11/11/2008 1:39:00 PM
Chris Partridge
Well considering the Melbourne Cup is the biggest horse race of the year in Australia, I think it makes sense :)
20/11/2008 3:58:00 PM
Eric TF Bat
Indeed - try a roundup of US newspapers the day after the Superbowl (which I gather is quite a popular event there) and try asking "Do Americans care more about some football game than they do about [some event that happened that same day]?" It’s kind of a skewed view, even without the small matter of timezones making the question even more ridiculous.

Now what did the Australian newspapers look like on Thursday? From memory, it was uniform sea of Obama, with a strong undercurrent of "US voters finally get a clue!"
30/11/2008 6:31:00 PM