October 29, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

World Series result is BIG news everywhere, or almost everywhere

When we saw The New York Times Page One photo and the words “Boston Sweeps Series,” we knew it must be so, even though the full story is on page D6. So we checked the first and last U.S. newspapers on our Web site. The Anniston Star in Alabama carries the words “Boston Red Sox sweep to World Series title” above the nameplate, while the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle in Cheyenne reports in the biggest type readily available “The End,” noting that the “Storybook ride is over for the Rockies.”

In Colorado, you can’t miss the story in the Aurora Sentinel, with a big picture and the head “Swept away,” adding “The Rockies’ storybook playoff run comes to an end under the lights of Coors Field with a 4-3 loss.” And if you really want to read more, turn to page 15. For The Gazette in Colorado Springs, the head says it all: “Rocky Horror,” in bold caps, while the Greeley Tribune has a photo and the head “Rocky Mountain Sigh.” In Denver, The Post did a special wrap-around section on the Series outcome, and the regular Page One has non-baseball news.

In Boston, however, The Globe offers a BIG photo topped by second-coming type reporting “THE BEST!” Yes, that’s an exclamation mark or a bang, as we used to call it, for emphasis. The head on the story below reads “Underdogs no longer, Red Sox Sweep Series again.” The Boston Herald fills Page One with a photo and the words “HOW SWEEP IT IS!” also followed by a bang. We wondered whether the other Boston newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, would take notice of the World Series and it did. Sort of. The off-lead story has the head “Red Sox are rich, but more than fat payrolls at work,” noting in the third paragraph that “The two teams' payroll disparity — $143.1 million versus $54.4 million this year — became a major means of comparison before the Series began, even renewing years-old talk of a salary cap for Major League Baseball, the only big professional league that lacks one.” Couldn’t you wait until the cheering stopped?

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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