August 25, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Olympics’ end, convention’s start make for lively, newsy Monday

The Olympics ended yesterday, and the Democratic National Convention begins tonight in Denver, giving big and small U.S. dailies more Page One news than might be hoped for on a Monday morning in August.

The Tuscaloosa News in Alabama squares off a hometown angle to “Local Dems head for Denver,” while asking, “After glow of games, what’s next for China?” The East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Ariz., answers that with much of the front page devoted to “Games impact enduring,” and “McCain rips Obama’s choice of Biden for VP.” The North County Times in Escondido, Calif., takes a middle-of-the-road approach to the games with “Mixed legacy likely for China’s Olympics,” while leading with “Obama aims for vote of blue-collar workers,” a head similar to many seen this morning.

Closer to the convention scene, the Aurora Sentinel in Colorado has a big front page photo of cops at the ready with the caption “IT’S SHOWTIME! Protests snarl traffic ahead of opening day of the Democratic convention in Denver.” Its Olympics story is inside but teased on Page One with “USA closes out Olympics with hoops redemption.” The Day in New London, Conn., has an Olympics photo and asks, “What’s the next act for China?” while noting that “Democrats heading to Denver see that there is work to do.”

VP candidate Joe Biden is the lead story in his home state daily, The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., with “Biden’s test: female voters,” while also reporting that “China garners praise for Olympics.” The Ledger in Lakeland, Fla., tells its readers that “All Fla. delegates in place” and expected “to be key again,” while still playing up the Olympics with a picture and a look to the 2012 games in London.

In Marietta, Ga., the Daily Journal leads with “Obama, Clinton focusing on unity,” and also reporting, “Olympics take final bow in Beijing.” The Journal Star in Peoria, Ill., leads with the familiar “Obama targets middle class” but the big picture goes with “Celebrating Olympic success.” The Times-Republican in Marshalltown, Iowa, uses about a quarter of its front page to say “Farewell Beijing,” while also noting Obama’s blue-collar approach.

The Lansing State Journal in Michigan uses much of Page One to report “16 ‘glorious’ days of Olympic feats go out with superstar-studded bang,” and noting that “Dems in Denver pursue harmony, history, humility.” We’ll see about that later in the week.

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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