January 11, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

To sir with love: An appreciation of the man who conquered Mt. Everest

Everyone loves a hero, which might be why one man’s photo appeared on today’s front pages.

Photos of Sir Edmund Hillary seem to capture a more adventurous time — the mid-1950s when Hillary and a guide were the first to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world. Front pages from The Daily Telegraph in London to The Washington Post reported today that Hillary had died at age 88.

“Humbly, he scaled Everest,” The Dallas Morning News said in an appreciation. The Ottawa Citizen in Canada used Hillary’s photo as its main art and said: “He was a colossus … a heroic figure.” The beekeeper, mountaineer and humanitarian was a national hero in New Zealand, where The Herald pulled a quote from Hillary’s book Nothing Venture, Nothing Win. The Los Angeles Times said: “His exploit brought him worldwide fame and a lifelong fealty to Nepal.”

In news from various corners of the world:

  • • Two hostages held for six years by Colombian rebels were released. El Colombiano, El Mundo and La Chiva in Medellin had photos of celebration and reunion. The two were turned over to officials in Venezuela, where the news also was reported by El Universal in Caracas.
  • • President Bush continued his Middle East trip, where he said a peace treaty would be signed before he left office. Haaretz in Tel-Aviv, Israel, was one of many newspapers that pictured Bush at the Church of the Nativity in Jerusalem. Gulf News in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, topped its page with a letter to the president raising “a few points which might also be raised by the leaders you meet.”
  • • The U.S. presidential campaign came to Myrtle Beach , S.C., where Republican candidates debated. The Sun News’ photo focused on the audience and said: “Candidates bring tough issues South.” The word “change” has been bandied about by candidates in both parties. In a political essay, the Chicago Tribune tried to answer the question: “What does ‘change’ mean, anyway?”

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

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