December 17, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Election time is getting closer; dailies want to tell you about it

Many but not all of the dailies on our Web site have decided that not only Christmas but also the election season soon will be upon us.

One expects that in Iowa, where the caucuses are about three weeks away. Indeed, The Gazette in Cedar Rapids squares off a Page One piece headed “Proud to be primary,” while The Des Moines Register leads with “McCain sees resurgence in his run for president.” The Iowa City Press-Citizen offers a piece on how “Romney’s life is his father’s legacy” and the Quad-City Times in Davenport has a story about Ron Paul at the bottom of the page. But when we found the Anchorage Daily News leading with “Candidates look north to Alaska,” we knew that election season must be real.

The Chicago Tribune has a story claiming that “For the Obama campaign, the closer is in the family,” while the Chicago Sun-Times publishes a somewhat unfriendly photo of Barack Obama labeled “The strong, silent types.” The Boston Herald plays up “Mitt’s weep of faith,” about his choking up as he recalls the day “Mormons fully accepted blacks,” and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., reports that “Iraq gives Edwards little traction in Iowa.” The Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald warns that “Presidential pollsters may check lists twice,” noting that “The holiday bustle is likely to disrupt polling efforts and may skew data.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a story about Obama at the bottom of Page One and The Arizona Republic in Phoenix tells its readers that “McCain seeks spark from newspaper endorsements.”

We looked for a reality check from our friends at The Monitor in McAllen, Texas, and found instead a Page One tease for an inside story about “Barack’s Buddy” in Chicago who drives to Cedar Rapids every weekend to help his friend.

The upcoming election is on Page One of The New York Times and on the other coast on the Los Angeles Times, but the latter newspaper has another Page One story that we’re going to check out. The head says, “Christmas goose is starting to cook,” and it’s about the “classic holiday meal” gaining popularity in the U.S. On our calendar, Christmas comes before the primaries.

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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