January 10, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

A postmortem: N.H. primary over but not forgotten

“Maybe life can get back to normal around here now,” a New Hampshire editor told me yesterday after the state’s primary.

Indeed, some non-political news did creep onto front pages today in New Hampshire, a sign of a return to normalcy. “Take a breath, NH,” the Union Leader in Manchester said.

“Tuesday’s gone but not forgotten,” The Telegraph in Nashua said. Some newspapers published postmortems on the surprising wins of Hillary Clinton and John McCain. “Clinton had voters’ sympathy and a message they liked,” the Los Angeles Times said. The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, which has provided regular front-page coverage of the presidential campaign of its local senator, said: “Next for McCain: Fundraising.”

In the New Hampshire debate, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson asked: Doesn’t experience matter? Today, The Santa Fe New Mexican said: “End of the line for Richardson,” noting that he planned to drop out of the race today.

“Political paths off in new directions,” The Kansas City (Mo.) Star said. Michigan’s primary is up next. “Battle Hits Home,” the Detroit Free Press said in a package that began: “Attention candidates! Tell Michigan how to create jobs, growth.” After Michigan, it’s time for Nevada caucuses. The Las Vegas Review-Journal pictured solidarity after the important culinary union made its endorsement.

News from Iraq, one issue on the campaign trail, returned to front pages. “Nine U.S. soldiers killed,” The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash., said.

It was “Mayhem on I-4,” the St. Petersburg Times reported after a 70-car pileup along the fog- and smoke-shrouded interstate. The Tampa Tribune used its entire front page to report the central Florida story in photos, graphics and text. “4 dead, 38 Injured in Massive Pileup,” The Ledger of Lakeland said. Aerial photos were critical, also appearing in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and The Herald in Bradenton.

President Bush began a visit — his first as president — to the Middle East, and his picture appeared on Israeli front pages. The Jerusalem Post quoted Bush in its lead headline: “This is a historic opportunity for peace.”

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

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