Today's Front Pages Analysis
Brits celebrate, Yanks ponder; Easter starts off on a downer
U.K. newspapers splashed the release of 15 British sailors by Iran all over their front pages, and the story showed up prominently in the United States, too. Big pictures of the smiling sailors were the favored artwork, and headlines were big: “Freed with a handshake and a pardon from the president,” said The Guardian in London. To a casual reader, different headlines left a different impression: Had the sailors already been released, or were they about to be released? West Hawaii Today conveyed the latter: “Home at last.” The Washington Times, the former: “Iran to free British troops.” A couple of newspapers already had moved on from the breaking news to long-term analysis: “Lessons of British release,” The Christian Science Monitor, Boston; “Tehran may pay price for short-term victory,” The Plain Dealer, Cleveland.
The seemingly longest-ever presidential campaign stayed out front in many regions. Editors were interested in a report by Democratic hopeful Barack Obama that he had raised $25 million for his campaign. Baltimore’s Sun put together a front-page package on all the candidates’ war chests under the headline “The politics of money.” New York’s Newsday also stayed on top of politics but decided to tease stories on Obama and Rudy Guiliani and instead lead with a big story titled “That’s cold.” The Islanders’ Ice Girls – young ladies who skate out to clean the hockey rink during timeouts – claimed the Rangers players slashed them, spit on them and yelled at them during Tuesday night’s game. (The Rangers lost 3-2.)
Finally, the approaching Easter holiday started to show up this week in newspapers across the nation. The Cecil Whig in Elkton, Md., reported on a local woman who had “hatched a high-tech egg hunt.” Kids will use global positioning satellite technology to find the eggs this year.
And while that really doesn’t sound like much fun, Marylanders with GPS devices may have a better Easter than the folks in Marion, Ind., who got some disappointing news from today’s Chronicle-Tribune. The Marion Easter Pageant, a 70-year-old tradition, has ended. The culprit: No money, and nowhere to hold it. “We just cannot do it anymore,” pageant president Ken Hussong told the parishioners of the First Baptist Church. “There’s no way to sugarcoat it.”
Christy Mumford Jerding is the editorial director of the Freedom Forum.