November 14, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Praying up a storm; demanding a resignation; blaming O.J.

From all corners of the U.S. come headlines that draw national attention:

  • • “‘Shake the heavens and bring forth the rain,’” the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer said as drought-plagued Georgia prayed for rain in a governor-led service on the steps of the Capitol.
  • • “Fake U.S. citizen got FBI secrets from files,” the Detroit Free Press said about a former Detroit woman whose family is thought to have ties to a terrorist group.
  • • “Guns blamed on Simpson,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal said after testimony in O.J. Simpson’s armed-robbery case.
  • • “Road kill,” the New York Post said as New York’s governor planned to drop his proposal to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

The Dow experienced another 300-point close (this time up) and once again it gets minor mention on front pages. Are we becoming desensitized while riding Wall Street’s rollercoaster? Or are newspapers leaving it to the Web?

In an interview broadcast Tuesday on NBC News, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said opposition leader Benazir Bhutto “impresses” Western media, hinting of manipulation. Bhutto’s call for Musharraf’s resignation got front-page play today across the U.S. “Ex-Premier Seeking Unity With Rivals,” The Washington Post said. “Bhutto insists on a quick exit for Musharraf,” the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock said. Musharraf was pictured in The New York Times, which printed an interview with the general: “Rebuffing U.S., Musharraf Calls Crackdown Crucial to a Fair Vote.”

As the countdown to the U.S. primaries continues, presidential politics is a more familiar feature on Page One. The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News tried to “clear up some mysteries” with its “10 questions about the California primary.” The Philadelphia Inquirer pointed out that nothing is ever a sure bet in the New Hampshire primary: “N.H. likes to keep them guessing.” And the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked: “Are you politically smarter than a college student?" Hint: “The competition may not be too tough.”

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

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