I find this shocking:
Democrats have big majorities in California because of favourable redistricting and because most voters favour their liberal positions on abortions and guns. And the news media provide little coverage of state politics and government: none of the Los Angeles or San Francisco television stations has a bureau in Sacramento, the state capital where Schwarzenegger will reign from.
The news director of one LA station once told me: “I suppose if anything happens up there, we could send up a crew for the day.” Viewers were thought to be more interested in car chases and crime scenes.
Even in my rinky-dink little WV, we get rather thorough and complete coverage of state politics, and there are also indy rags like the Graffiti, as well as NPR. This will make all the NPR haters cringe, but our public radio really is fantastic here in WV. Yes, it has a leftward tilt, but the quality of porgramming and the variety is amazing.