April 16, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

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“Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” Mark Twain is credited with having been the first to say or write those words. But he was wrong. Newspaper editors know what to do about it: Splash it all over Page One. And that’s what they did today over a large portion of the United States that was hit with untimely and unseemly weather.

The Birmingham News says it all with a top-of-the page head reading “East struck with wind, rain, snow.” The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock tells how bad it is elsewhere: “Storm floods homes, halts flights in East; N.Y. rainfall a record.” Out in Colorado Springs, The Gazette also counted its blessings, reporting “Storm slams East, brings floods, outages.” The Detroit Free Press head says simply “Lots of rain, lots of wind, lots of trouble.” Where it hit hardest the heads are more obvious, such as the lead in The Daily Times in Salisbury, Md.: “Nor-easter soaks East,’ or the Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine, with “Marathon winter” and the West Lebanon, N.H., Valley News' headline “Winter reign continues,” with a snow picture to prove it. The Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J., reports “Storm slams area, delays most travel.” Newsday on Long Island, N.Y., fills Page One with a photo of a man wading through about a foot of water with a child on his back and the caption “Soaked” while the Boston Globe also has a Page One photo and a head reading “Heavy rain throws wet blanket on region” while the lead story in the largest newspaper in New Jersey, The Star-Ledger in Newark, carries the head “Nor’easter swamps Jersey.”

This is no one-day wonder. The Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton in upstate New York warns its readers “Heavy snowfall likely today” and The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., tells its readers “Officials keep wary eyes on rivers.”

Who says we’re not doing anything about the weather?

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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