February 28, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Images of spring sprout while winter tightens its grip

It’s cold and flu season, and even the front page isn’t spared from misery.

“Valley’s runny noses at a trickle,” said The Fresno (Calif.) Bee, adding that the worst flu season in years might have peaked. There was more hopeful news after a federal health panel made a new recommendation. “Flu shots advised for kids up to 18,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said. “Expanding vaccinations could slow spread of illness to adults,” the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle said in its lead story.

It’s been a cold and snowy season for many, including those in Michigan City, Ind., where The News-Dispatch proclaimed: “The winter of our discontent.” Record snow fell in New England. The Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, pictured the world’s largest “snowwoman” — 122 feet, 1 inch. “Her eyelashes are made out of skis.” The San Diego (Calif.) Union-Tribune displayed photos of outdoor activities in its city and in New Hampshire and noted the temp difference: “Fifty Degrees of Separation.”

Things are heating up in Arizona, where spring training has begun. “At last, baseball,” The Arizona Republic said. The Arizona Daily Star in Tucson photographed an “Autograph from the opening-game hero” (Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki, who homered on his first swing).

Developments in the presidential campaign moved inside in most U.S. newspapers today. Ohio was an exception. As a follow up to Tuesday’s Democratic debate, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland asked: “Come On, Guys, Where Were These Questions?” — noting that moderators from NBC News didn’t ask candidates about key issues for Ohioans: foreclosures, poverty and unemployment. Many newspapers have endorsed candidates in advance of primaries and caucuses, but few put an opinion on the front page, as The Blade of Toledo did today: “Obama, for change.”

The death of William F. Buckley at 82 was reported on many front pages. The spirit and style of the conservative columnist was captured by headlines, including that of The New York Times: “Sesquipedalian Spark of Right.” The Chicago Tribune pictured Buckley interviewing Jesse Jackson on “Firing Line” in 1971 and said: “The conservative paragon.”

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

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