June 4, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

U.S. troops’ death toll leads front pages

From Hawaii in the Pacific to states along the Atlantic coast, America’s dailies agreed that one story was worth Page One treatment — the high U.S. military death toll in Iraq. The Honolulu Advertiser says it as many do: “14 troops die over 3 days in Iraq.” The heads varied a little. The Arizona Republic in Phoenix leads with “15 troops die in Iraq over 3 days” while The San Diego Union-Tribune tells its readers that “14 troops reported killed in 3 days” and The Birmingham News in Alabama squares off “14 more troops killed in Iraq.” For The Advocate in Baton Rouge it is “Battle intensifies; 14 soldiers killed,” while the Portland Press Herald in Maine banners “Fourteen more U.S. troops killed” and the St. Petersburg Times in Florida leads with “15 U.S. Troops killed in Iraq.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution warns “June’s U.S. toll in Iraq heavy.” In Peoria, Ill., the Journal Star tells its readers “14 U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq” as the Lincoln Journal Star in Nebraska also warns “June off to deadly start in Iraq.”

Many others played up Iraq but it wasn’t all doom and gloom. Some reported on the Democratic candidates’ debate. But for the Kokomo Tribune in Indiana, the Page One banner reads “Long courtship, but still no wedding,” bemoaning the fact that “A year later, Kokomo still without a sister city.” Up in Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News warns at the top of page one that “Alaska not immune from immigration pinch.”

But the lightest note — and a musical note, at that — may be in Kansas, on Page One of the Lawrence Journal-World about “Guitar players hope to make history,” with a picture of them as far as the eye can see: 1,683 guitarists gathered to make the Guinness record book.

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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