Page A02: An article about some researchers contending that there’s an evolutionary imperative that might explain why we as humans are more interested in gossipy fluff articles than writeups of more import and substance.
Page A01: An article about the closing ceremonies of the Olympics in China. They’re referred to as “tightly scripted” but no mention is made of the faux fireworks brouhaha from the opening ceremonies. There’s some talk about people’s objections to China’s human rights issues, but they’re behind the fold on the print edition and on page two of the web version. The article is headlined “A Victory for China,” and the print edition directs you to 3 other positive articles elsewhere in the paper but not:
Page A11: An article about China being pressured into releasing 8 jailed Americans arrested in China for protesting, as well as three Chinese citizens sentenced to a year in prison for protesting and another arrested for repeatedly applying for a protest permit.
I guess the folks deciding how to prioritize stories read that page 2 article.