September 28, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Politics to sports: Numbers figure in front-page play

On front pages filled with words, numbers made the news today.

“Is it all in the numbers?” The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City asked after several state residents won the Powerball. It quoted a winner saying her choices were based on a Learning Channel show, which identified most-often-drawn numbers. “After a TV show lists the most-hit combo, digits come up in drawing.”

“Why 13 stripes?” The Orange County (Calif.) Register asked, illustrating the new U.S. citizenship test unveiled on Thursday.

Six was the number as The Sun of Baltimore pictured lesser-known Republican presidential candidates who had the stage all to themselves at Morgan State University, a historically black university. “Candidate debate on issues of importance to minorities is notable as much for who’s not there as for what’s said,” the newspaper said.

Other presidential candidates were on the fundraising trail looking to add to their numbers. “Thompson finds local support,” The Leaf-Chronicle of Clarksville, Tenn., said about former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson. “Shaking money tree from different angles,” The Buffalo (N.Y.) News said about the fundraising efforts of Democratic candidates.

Michigan newspapers focused on state budget numbers that don’t add up. The Detroit News and the Free Press both pictured the state’s governor and reported how a government shutdown would affect services.

Undefeated in 51 games, the U.S. women’s soccer team made Page One of The Washington Post when it lost to Brazil in the World Cup. Speaking of losing efforts, Newsday cried: “Help!” when the Phillies caught the Mets in the National League East race. “FIT TO BE TIED,” proclaimed the New York Post. “After trailing Mets all year, resilient Phils catch up,” The Philadelphia Inquirer said in a front-page column.

Today’s photo: Large newspapers, including The Guardian of London and The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia, pictured a Japanese news photographer who was killed while covering a government crackdown in Myanmar. The photographer, Kenji Nagai, will be nominated for inclusion in the Newseum’s Journalists Memorial, which honors more than 1,800 journalists who have died while reporting the news.

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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