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Tale of the Tape: Wu Resignation

For the past hour, news of Rep. David Wu‘s (D-Ore.) resignation from Congress amid allegations of unwanted sex with a teenager has been breaking around town and across the country. How are the publications breaking the news and who is doing it best?

Politico: Red banner alert at the top of the homepage. Time: 12:10 p.m. No story at the time of the alert. At 12:48 the red banner is gone and website’s homepage is all Wu with a full story by John Bresnahan recapping the news since Friday. This story comes with comments from Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley supporting Wu’s decision to step down immediately.

HuffPost: Wu is an afterthought on this site compared to the others. The story is the fifth one down in the middle column. Time: 12:17 p.m. They run their own generic intro with a copy of AP’s story below it.

USA TODAY: Lengthy story with previously reported news that emerged this week about Wu, including remarks that had already been reported from Wu’s friend Rep. David Larson (D-Conn.). Time: 12:22 p.m.

Fox News: A web story at 12:31 p.m. indicates that Wu announced his resignation in a statement that is running on many sites. “The time has come to hand on the privilege of high office,” he said in a statement. “I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.”

The Hill: A web story at 12:19 p.m. Headline: “Scandal-plagued Rep. Wu to resign.” The story repeats previously reported news since Friday when The Oregonian broke the story.

Roll Call: A web story at 12:20 p.m. Short and sweet. The story is three graphs.

NPR: A web story at 12:24 p.m. that cites AP and Portland’s KGW.

WaPo: A news alert at 12:34 p.m. and an accompanying story posted at 12:25 p.m. on the homepage (yes, the story beat the alert). This story, written by The Fix’s Aaron Blake, focuses on what happens next and who might replace Wu.

KGW in Portland has the most comprehensive and interesting information about Wu and his resignation, including remarks from constituents and lawmakers on what they think the lawmaker should do. They share a news credit with AP. TIME: Update at 9:39 a.m. PST. Read here.

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