March 14, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Economic woes push business news out front

Money news took the lead on many front pages today in what The San Diego (Calif.) Union-Tribune described as “Economy, consumers repeatedly taking hits.” The newspaper broke out developments on the rising prices of gold and oil, falling value of the U.S. dollar and declining retail sales.

“No Light At End of Economic Tunnel,” The Day of New London, Conn., said. The Modesto (Calif.) Bee described the U.S. economy as “Coming apart at the seams.”

Gold prices are at an all-time high, and The Oregonian in Portland said: “$1,000 an ounce: Gold rush is on.” The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., had bad news for anyone who likes a doughnut with his morning newspaper: “Bakeries see rising costs as a recipe for disaster.”

News: Fallout from New York’s sex scandal continued on the state’s front pages. The New York Times said, “U.S. is examining Spitzer’s funds” and whether he used campaign money in his dealings with prostitutes. NYC tabs continued to spotlight a woman linked to the governor. “Spitzer’s hooker a MySpace millionaire,” AM New York said. The state capital newspaper, the Times Union of Albany, turned to the man who will become governor on Monday: “Paterson shows humanity, humor during first comments.”

As the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq approaches, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis is sharing first-person essays. “Five Minnesotans tell how the war changed their lives.” Today, a 29-year-old National Guardsman writes, “Serving ‘Wasn’t What I Expected.’”

Sports: News from basketball’s conference tournaments appeared on some front pages. The Kansas City (Mo.) Star used three-quarters of its page to report on Big 12 fans flocking to its downtown.

Weather: A 41-degree temperature swing in one week prompted the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram to print photos of warm and cold scenes.

The offbeat: Earlier this week, The Hutchinson (Kan.) News reported that a local woman had refused to come out of a bathroom for two years and was stuck to a toilet seat. The News followed up today with “Case of woman living in bathroom shocks town, baffles a nation.”

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

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