January 28, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

In case you have forgotten this is primary election time

This is an election year and many of your hometown newspapers are doing what they can to keep you informed about who may be winning and who may be losing. Some of them also found Page One space to tell readers that President Bush will be making his last State of the Union address tonight, an address that some think will talk about “modest” goals for the year ahead.

For The Anniston Star in Alabama, the lead story quotes Barack Obama claiming “We’re going to write a new chapter in the South,” while the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock tells its readers “Clinton says let Florida be heard” and the Los Angeles Times leads with “Obama’s next step an uphill climb.” The Denver Post notes at the bottom of the page “Voters’ attention on economy,” while the Hartford (Conn.) Courant plays “It’s the economy, again” at the top of Page One. Even the soldiers’ daily, Stars and Stripes, plays up in its MidEast Edition “S.C. win ignites Obama’s campaign.” And the Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., touts the McCain campaign with a “Straight talk” head. For the Chicago Tribune the big story is “Sprint begins to Super Tuesday,” squared-off at the top of Page One, even as The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle reports “Obama to visit Tuesday.” The Boston Globe leads with “Kennedy poised to endorse Obama,” while its sister daily, The New York Times, leads with a firmer “Kennedy chooses Obama, spurning plea by Clintons,” and the New York Post whoops up “Wild Bill,” contending that “Shoot-from-the-lip Bill Clinton has struck again.”

The Arizona Republic in Phoenix leads with “Bush set to unveil modest ’08,” while the Nevada Appeal in Carson City notes “Economy, war to highlight” the State of the Union report, and the Idaho Statesman in Boise says “Bush to urge action on economy, eavesdropping.”

Speaking of elections, the dozen German dailies on our Web site all play up results of elections yesterday in two states in that country. The voters did not treat Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union party too kindly, with some dailies wondering what that will do to the future parliamentary elections and the national government.

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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