April 9, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

U.S. shivers through frigid Easter; U.K. cool to sale of sailors' stories

When things aren’t as they are supposed to be, that’s worth Page One attention. That’s the way many U.S. editors felt today – they were cold, their readers were cold, and that’s not the way it’s supposed to be at this time of year. As The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., put it in a Page One banner headline: “Much of U.S. shivers in spring freeze.” The Dothan Eagle down south in Dothan, Ala., told everyone in a banner head “April cold snap may have broken local records,” while the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock may have felt they said it all with a cold-looking Page One photo topped with a simple head that reads “So much for spring.”

Out in Denver, the Rocky Mountain News covered all of Page One with a photo of snow on the railing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the head “Easter holiday on ice.” The Belleville News-Democrat in Illinois worried about the farmers with a Page One banner that reads “Freezing weather takes toll on growers.” Down in Pascagoula, The Mississippi Press has a Page One Easter story noting that “Worshippers brave cold, wet morning” while the New Jersey Herald in Newton confirmed what the readers know – “Easter feels a lot like Christmas.” The Buffalo News  reports that “Easter is a wintry affair” even as The Beaufort Gazette in South Carolina reports that “Christmas weather rolls in for region’s Easter Services.” For the Johnson City Press  in Tennessee, the head is “Cold snap chills Easter services across nation” and The News Leader in Staunton, Va., notes that “Cold weather causes decrease in Easter turnout.”

In the United Kingdom, the decision of the government to allow the recently released marine and sailor prisoners to sell their stories about being held in Iran has caused a stir. The Guardian in London leads with “Anger over Iran hostages’ media deals” while The Daily Telegraph, also in London, reports “outcry as sailors sell stories” and The Herald in Glasgow, Scotland, tells its readers about “Outrage as sailors allowed to sell stories.”

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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