June 3, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

There are many Page One stories besides the Democratic Party issues

Is there anything happening in the United States besides today’s last presidential primaries and speculation about who will be the Democratic candidate for president, and how it will happen? After checking the front pages from literally every state, the answer is a resounding YES.

Starting with Alabama, the Press-Register in Mobile leads with “Teacher gets 10 years in sex case” for trying to lure a former student. We’d like to think it’s a coincidence, but right next to that story is a picture of a smiling teacher, a different teacher, looking at her science creation and the headline “Making education fun,” which we’ll leave at that.

The Anchorage Daily News in Alaska tells us that the entry fee is going up and the winning purse going down for the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, two good reasons for our not competing. Meanwhile, the Scottsdale Tribune in Arizona whoops up the shortages at the food bank, with requests for those in need up 20 percent, and the Daily News in Los Angeles reports “The show must go on,” with Universal Studios open to visitors after the big fire, replete with a photo of a tour bus near the ruins.

The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., squares off “Polygamists reunited with children,” a story played up by others. The Washington, D.C, edition of The Examiner leads with the Sen. Edward Kennedy story about his surgery — “Next for Teddy: Chemo, radiation,” while quoting him saying that “I feel like a million bucks.” The Boston Globe reports that “Kennedy has ‘successful’ surgery.”

The Daytona Beach News-Journal in Florida leads with “Soaring fuel prices spark thievery of gas, diesel.” The Sun in Baltimore plays up, with photos, a gasoline story, warning that “Cabbies take stand amid high gas prices.”

But it’s the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press that gets a gold star for its Page One play of a different election story that asks “What makes us special?”, presumably answering the question that it also poses in big type: “Why does Minnesota, a politically tiny state tucked between the coasts, get so much attention during campaign seasons?” We might go back and read that one at coffee-break time.

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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