February 12, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

There is an election today, but it’s not the only news

Yes, America, they’re voting in and around your nation’s capital today in spite of the admonition about not voting “because it only encourages them.” However, we thought we’d take a look at what else rates Page One coverage today.

Starting alphabetically, the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska has a story about “Falling moose nearly takes out trooper,” reporting on the animal’s plunging to its death off a cliff and nearly hitting a police car. In the lower 48, The Fresno (Calif.) Bee leads with “Credit crunch widens its grip,” while farther south in California the OC Post (which has changed to three-times-a-week publication) touts Irvine as “4th in the country for romance,” with details on Page 3, even as the Corvallis Gazette-Times warns Oregonians that a “Bill would allow kindergarten fees.” Still on the West Coast, the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Wash., has a picture and an off-lead story claiming that “Bremerton looses a car ferry, gains three passenger ferries,” leaving us pondering whether there was an extra “o” in loses. Before heading east, we checked out The Honolulu Advertiser for some good news at the bottom of Page One: “Even chronically ill can live to 100.” Speaking of living, The Dallas Morning News plays up, with photo, “Iraq veteran saves sick teen with marrow transplant,” contending that “He enlisted in a fight for life.”

In Peoria, Ill., the Journal Star leads with “Peoria students see reason to dream.” Here’s why: “Program will help pay college tuition for about 400 this fall.” The Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune may be making some Indianans happy with “Lenders offer broad mortgage rescue plans.” The Lawrence Journal-World in Kansas also whoops up some good news with “Good Samaritan pulls man from burning house,” while The Mississippi Press in Pascagoula fascinates its readers with three photos of birds in flight in a food fight.

There’s no escaping the cold, snowy weather for the Michiganders, with the Lansing State Journal complaining that “Cold gets old” while the Detroit Free Press notes that “As the cold weather warms, now here comes the snow.” The Capital Journal in Pierre, S.D., pulls out the standing head for this time of year, reporting “Snow makes mess of roads.”

The news isn’t all cheerful, even in Melbourne, where Florida Today squares off “Good morning; You’ve all been bad,” explaining: “Glitch has all of a high school’s students sentenced to detention.” Tomorrow, election news.

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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