July 8, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

What’s news? Depends on where you are, what you choose to read

We thought that this morning we would take a look at the dailies in the top six U.S. cities, according to population figures, to see what editors are telling their readers about the world around them.

The New York Times leads with “Bomber strikes Afghan capital; at least 41 die,” but there’s much more on Page One — stories about mortgage problems, about hostages still held in Colombia, about The Washington Post signaling a “shift” with the naming of a new editor, about veterans battling the bottle, and girls and clothes. For the Daily News, New York Post, AM New York and Metro, there is only one story worth whooping up — the divorce suit filed by the wife of Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez. For the Spanish-language Hoy, the big story is taxi drivers wanting compensation for the high price of gasoline, while The New York Sun leads with problems in the mayor’s office and The Wall Street Journal plays up “Mortgage giants take beating on fears over loan defaults” while also reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers may be up for sale.

Moving to Market 2, the Los Angeles Times leads with an area savings and loan to cut its work force in half, the Daily News squares off the possible opening of an area pool and the Spanish-language La Opinion plays up an alert about excessive heat, with photo.

In the third largest market, the Chicago Sun-Times gives over the front page to the funeral for a cop who died in the line of duty, a story also played up in the Chicago Tribune but below a top-of-the-page piece about “Transplant gap keeps blacks on waiting list.” Both pages have photos of the funeral.

For the Houston Chronicle, the big story is the press conference held by the three Americans recently freed from captivity at the hands of Colombian terrorists. In Philadelphia, Metro plays up “Iraq wants timetable for troop withdrawal,” while The Philadelphia Inquirer leads with the fight about where to locate casinos but the big photos go with “Afghanistan shaken by deadly bombing.” In Phoenix, the sixth market, The Arizona Republic leads with “Iraq seeks timeline for pullout.”

And there you have it. News depends on where you are and what you choose to read.

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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