January 24, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

A wall falls: Photos capture a human flood into Egypt

Sections of a border fence between the Gaza Strip and Egypt came down Wednesday and what was described as a frenzied and festive scene was shown in photos around the world.

From the National Post in Toronto to Granada Hoy in Spain to Público in Lisbon, Portugal, front pages pictured thousands of Palestinians sweeping into Egypt to buy things not available in Gaza. “People cleared out stores after militants blew up part of the border fence,” The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville said.

The Austin (Texas) American-Statesman and An-Nahar in Beirut, Lebanon, used border photos as their main art. The International Herald Tribune in Paris printed two photos under the caption “Breaking out of Gaza.” “Hamas planned blast for months,” said Haaretz in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Borders had been sealed and a blockade imposed since the Hamas movement took control of Gaza in June. The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram looked at a wall as “A point of division” and in a thoughtful package illustrated three other famous dividers. In an analysis, the Los Angeles Times said: “As Gazans pour over border, a new reality flows with them.”

In the U.S., economic news continued to be front and center, whether it was Wall Street’s roller-coaster performance, negotiations over a stimulus package or the growing federal deficit. Headline writers continued to have a field day. “Sell, sell, sell turns into buy, buy, buy,” The Oregonian in Portland said. “Wall St. whiplash ends day up 299,” The Courier-Journal in Louisville said. “Wall St. U-Turn Pulls U.S. Stocks Out of Nosedive,” The Washington Post said. The headline that got the most attention from coffee drinkers came from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which noted that a Seattle-based corporate giant was trying a new approach: “Starbucks — For a Buck.”

Sports sneaked onto front pages, as The New York Times noted “Olympic Teams Vying to Defeat Beijing’s Smog,” The Arizona Republic in Phoenix prepared Super Bowl-goers for “Super Expensive” and the Rocky Mountain News pictured the Winter X Games in an “Air-Raising” photo.

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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