January 30, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Political rebirth and a death top news

Presidential hopefuls and a presidential daughter topped front pages today.

John McCain’s win in the critical state of Florida over fellow Republicans was illustrated with photos of a smiling McCain and a bewildered-looking Rudy Giuliani in The New York Times: “Resurgent McCain is Florida Victor; Giuliani Far Back.”

“McCain’s Got Juice,” crowed The Denver Post, with the candidate and his photogenic family triumphant. Long Island’s Newsday wins the biblical-headline award of the day, with “McCain & Unable” over photos of the winner and Giuliani.

In Florida, the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale told the story fast for time-pressed readers: “McCain — no doubt now, he’s the one to beat” and “Clinton routs Obama, but wins no delegates.”

In McCain’s home state, the Mesa, Ariz., East Valley Tribune offered a two-thumbs-up photo of their senator with “McCain gets breakthrough victory in Florida primary.”

The San Francisco Chronicle hints at the struggle that lies ahead for the candidates, with “6 Days to Super Tuesday.” The city’s Examiner told a lot in a small Page One photo box: “McCain wins Florida’s 57 delegates and may have picked up endorsement from Rudy Giuliani, who is reportedly dropping out of the GOP race.”

Los Angeles’ Daily News looked ahead to debates with “Tale of two debates.”

The death of President Harry Truman’s author daughter, Margaret, shared front-page space with McCain’s triumph in papers from Alabama’s Opelika-Auburn News to the Chicago Tribune to The New York Times, all using a 1954 photo of dad smooching daughter. The Kansas City Star gave Missouri’s native daughter a Page One sendoff.

In other political news, the Las Vegas Sun used a clever graphic of invisible congressional leaders to illustrate a story that President Bush will not be greeted by Nevada’s delegation when he comes to town.

Patty Rhule is a project editor at the Newseum.

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