February 22, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Politics, religion and heavenly endings are all the front-page talk today

With no main story today, newspapers turned to what people talk about: politics, religion, and music.

Carson City, Nev., hosted the first Democratic presidential forum for the 2008 election, and the hometown newspaper, the Nevada Appeal, focused on how well the city performed in the spotlight: “Carson City rocked.” Eight candidates made appearances, but Sen. Hillary Clinton’s image dominated the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The Santa Fe New Mexican focused on its state’s governor, Bill Richardson.

An early tussle between the Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns made news in California. “Leading Democrats talk trash,” The Sacramento Bee said.
A coalition of one? Some newspapers printed an analysis of the news that key U.S. ally Britain is pulling 1,600 troops from Iraq. “Is British exit good news?” asked The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn.

Many newspapers, including The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, marked the start of Lent with photos from Ash Wednesday services. The Washington Post reported on a marketing campaign to get Catholics to go to confession, and The Day in New London, Conn., noted that an advocacy group demanded that Southern Baptists investigate accusations of sexual abuse.

In college communities, the news was a crackdown on illegal music sharing. “OU tops the charts,” The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch said about record companies’ copyright complaints against Ohio State students. Angels is what the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera called students at the University of Colorado, who received few complaints – a result of a firewall, not virtue. “Facing the music,” the News & Record of Greensboro, N.C., said. But “All my friends are doing it,” the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star said in describing students’ reaction.
And The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., was talking about where Donald Trump would like to be buried. The first hole of a New Jersey golf course, of course.

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy, a former newspaper Page One editor, is director/partnerships and initiatives.

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