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Portrayal of Cleveland differs in media outlets' coverage of GOP convention news

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: July 9, 2014

Have you ever noticed how often Cleveland and Akron come up as the punchline in a movie or television show?

Those who live in Northeast Ohio often bristle at the negative mentions, and applaud the fleeting positive associations.

A Beacon Journal colleague who complained about one of the leads on a story about Cleveland getting the 2016 Republican convention today made me wonder how various newspapers chose to start their stories about this historic opportunity. So, for your reading pleasure, here are a few samples. You can decide if they put Cleveland in a positive or negative light. (Links are included to the full stories.)

USA Today: Cleveland's last shining moment of greatness -- a pro sports championship, no less -- is half a century old and peeling like an old bleacher seat.

Columbus Dispatch: In the end, the heart of rock ’n’ roll got the nod.

Toledo Blade: The “new and improved” Cleveland will get a chance to shed its shoddy image as the “mistake on the lake” and the rust-belt city whose river once caught fire as the GOP on Tuesday chose it to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Beacon Journal
: Cleveland won the backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP’s 2016 presidential pick will accept the party’s nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio.  

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