Columbus Day News Coverage

Today was Columbus Day and, as is common in recent years, it was marked with wildly different coverage in different news outlets. The New York Times covers celebrations focusing mainly on indigenous people rather than Columbus. The Atlantic has a long article on life in the New World before and after the arrival of Europeans. In contrast, the Chicago Sun-Times writes about the Columbus Day parade in Chicago and focuses more on the day’s role as a day to honor the Italian American community. Even Spanish president Rajoy weighs in, writing about the contributions of Latin American people to Spain. Interestingly, there don’t seem to be so many defenses of Columbus himself.