October 19, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Photos illustrate a joyful political homecoming marred by violence

Graphic photos brought news from Pakistan of a failed assassination attempt.

“Shattered homecoming,” said the Toronto Star, whose photo from Karachi spanned the width of its page. The return from exile of former Prime Minster Benazir Bhutto turned deadly as two bombs exploded, killing more than 100 who had gathered to celebrate. “Horror in Pakistan,” said The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which pictured the wounded being carried away. The Kansas City (Mo.) Star published a “Chaos in Pakistan” photo with a black background, reversing its headline and cutline type. The Los Angeles Times also showed Bhutto uninjured after the attack.

In the U.S., newspapers reported the inability of the House to override President Bush’s veto of an expansion of a child health-insurance program. The vote “bodes ill for health care reform,” the Idaho Statesman in Boise said.

Sports pushed its way onto the front page, as Yankees Manager Joe Torre resigned rather than accept a contract with a pay cut. “Walking Tall,” said Newsday, which produced a 16-page special section on the news. The Daily News in New York and New York Post weren’t so polite with “SHOVE IT” headlines. “Era over: Torre walks on odd pitch,” the Hartford (Conn.) Courant said. The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal asked: “Who’s next?”

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland moved regular news inside and devoted its page to the Indians’ slipping lead over the Red Sox in the American League championship series. “Back to Boston,” it said after a 7-1 Indians’ loss.

Newspapers from the Star Tribune in Minneapolis to The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post showed their appreciation of two entertainment icons. “The entertainment world lost two notable performers Thursday with the passing of Deborah Kerr and Joey Bishop,” said The Dallas Morning News, one of a number of newspapers including salutes to the “From Here to Eternity” actress and Rat Pack comedian. The Las Vegas Review-Journal returned to the 1960s with photos, noting Bishop “helped define cool.”

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

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