December 14, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Baseball's steroid report: a home run front-page story

 

As expected, Thursday's Mitchell report on steroid use in Major League Baseball was full of stars, shocks and storylines. Editors across the country found the findings to be front-page worthy. Some examples:

The Herald (Monterey, Calif.) listed all 85 of the athletes implicated in the report by name, cleverly, in the shape of "85." Long Island's Newsday showed a picture of each player named in the report. The Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) showed the severity of the report another way, by picking one star from each position and showcasing them on a baseball diamond as a sort of steroids all-star team under the headline, "Say It Ain't So."

The OC Post from Santa Ana, Calif., showed old baseball cards with pictures of some of the named players with the headline "Fallen Stars."

Los Angeles's Daily News said the report "Exposes Major League Baseball's Dopes."  RedEye from Chicago had a front-page illustration of a baseball being injected several times -- presumably with steroids.

The Hyannis, Mass., Cape Cod Times called the report a "Cheat Sheet," while The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) called it "A shot of truth."

Some papers localized the story. The Examiner in Washington, D.C., said "Five Nats, 17 Orioles listed in steroid probe."

So, what's next? The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) quoted MLB Commissioner Bud Selig in its headline: "'I will take action,' Selig vows."  The Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegraph said, "You're Out! And Exposed." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gave us the final score, "Drugs: 85, baseball: 0."

Emily Hedges is an assistant editor at the Newseum.

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