January 18, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Washington vows action on economy; Texas welcomes wedding vows

Newsday on Long Island sent out an SOS for the U.S. economy, and major newspapers across the country led with the possibility of a stimulus package.

“D.C. gets a wake-up call,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said. A photo of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke head down as he appeared before the House Budget Committee appeared in newspapers from The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post to The Philadelphia Inquirer. “Race to Avert Recession,” The Inquirer said.

“Bush to Announce ‘Principles’ Today; Congress Works on Bipartisan Proposal,” The Washington Post said. At the possibility of a tax rebate, The Seattle Times said: “Feds may put $500 in your pocket.” In an online poll, the Times asked: “Save or spend: What would you do with it?” “Bush, Congress want to pay us to fight recession,” said the Houston Chronicle, which printed a photo that seemed to show that time for action has run out. There was red on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which charted the stock collapse of a Seattle-based lender and noted yesterday’s 300+ point stock market decline.

In other economic news, the Detroit Free Press noted “Buyouts are Back” in a package about GM’s early retirement offers. The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., reported a cash influx for services from casinos but said in a secondary story: “Economist: National recession could leave state in bind.”

Save the date: It might have appeared first on People magazine’s Web site, but the news that a first-family wedding is planned for May 10 was the talk in Texas, including in the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram and Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald. Jenna Bush’s wedding will be at the family ranch near Crawford.

Championship Sunday: The Green Bay Packers and New York Giants play for the NFC title. The Daily News of New York offered a curse for the Packers quarterback: “PLEASE may the jinx of being on the Sports Illustrated cover be with Pack’s Brett Favre.” There’s no retort from the Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette, but it does get revenge with a frigid forecast for the game at Lambeau Field.

Dinner, anyone? In a trend story, the Chicago Tribune reported barbecue, stews and other dishes being made in Illinois from — raccoon meat. “Raccoon dinner: Who’s game?” The Tribune teased to an inside taste test: “So, it tastes like …”

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

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