October 22, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Dramatic photos capture California battling wildfires

Flames of red, orange and yellow dominated front pages in Southern California, where wildfires driven by Santa Ana winds have displaced thousands.

The Los Angeles Times led with a photo of the Malibu Presbyterian Church engulfed by flames. Readers of The Sacramento Bee got a closer look at the scene and wind-whipped embers swirling around a firefighter.

“Fires ride the wind,” said The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, which pictured the battle from the air and the ground. “About 10 areas from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border catch fire, killing 1,” The Orange County Register said.

The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa published Los Angeles Times photos of an Airstream trailer being overtaken by flames and firefighters struggling in the wind. (The newspaper celebrates its 150th anniversary today. It recreated its Sonoma Democrat flag from 1857 in advance of tomorrow’s debut of a new nameplate.) The story of the fires was the only story for the Ventura County Star, which filled its pages with five locally produced photos.

In Louisiana, one man’s photo appeared with few exceptions. Bobby Jindal, a 36-year-old Republican, was elected governor Saturday night. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans pictured him greeting well-wishers Sunday and noted he would be “up against Demo Senate.”

Today’s pages allowed for Monday-morning quarterbacking. “Third straight loss to Sox sends Tribe home for the winter,” said The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, which pictured “the pain of defeat” for baseball’s Indians.

In football, The Washington Post pictured an Arizona Cardinals kicker reacting after a missed field goal gave the Redskins a win. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette showed a Steelers quarterback “Caught in a stampede” in a game won by a last-second Broncos field goal.

“…And sometimes the Bears get you,” The Press of Atlantic City said. Eagles fans were stunned by a Bears touchdown pass with nine seconds left. “That’s why you stay till the end, folks,” the Chicago Tribune advised.

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

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