September 15, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Weather, Wall Street top the news for many U.S. daily newspapers

Wall Street and weather top the news for many of the U.S. dailies this morning, with The New York Times leading with “Bids to halt financial crisis reshape landscape of Wall St.” and a lead about “one of the most dramatic days in Wall Street’s history,” referring to the problems of Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. Its off-lead was the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Texas.

The Washington Post does much the same, with a banner about “Massive shifts on Wall St.” and a large photo of hurricane destruction near Galveston, Texas.

A sampling of the Texas newspapers finds the Austin American-Statesman bannering “Returning to find ruins,” The Beaumont Enterprise telling evacuees “Don’t rush back,” the Corpus Christi Caller Times reporting “Unprecedented effort saves 2,000,” and The Dallas Morning News quoting the mayor with “Do not come back to Galveston.”

The Houston Chronicle leads with “After the shock, reality,” while warning in a Page One editorial that “It’s not over, yet.”

The Midwest also had major weather problems. The Chicago Sun-Times reports “More rain more pain,” illustrated with a couple of young men paddling their boat past a partially submerged car on what was a street. The South Bend Tribune says it all with a head about “One weekend, 11 inches” – of rain that is.

The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky. reports “Winds maul area,” with schools closed and 279,000 without power in the city, and The Cincinnati Enquirer says, “90% suffer outages as winds smash area.”

In the rest of the country, the Los Angeles Times leads with “Wall St. scrambles as banks teeter,” while playing up the train accident in the area that killed 25. The Denver Post and The Miami Herald give top treatment to Wall Street but both report the same about Galveston: “You cannot live here” now. The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Boston Globe lead with Wall Street but also report the 2,000 rescued from Hurricane Ike in Texas.

Meanwhile, the upcoming election can’t be forgotten up in Alaska, where the Anchorage Daily News squares off “Governor’s use of 2 e-mail accounts questioned” while leading with “Turmoil shocks financial markets.”

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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