March 10, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Yes, there was terrible weather in Ohio, and it wasn’t much better in Upstate N.Y.

Ohio hasn’t had so much snow in a long, long time — or so much television coverage since last Tuesday’s primary — so we thought that we would look at Ohio dailies on our Web site this morning. Yes, they had snow, lots of it, confirming what we saw with our own eyes on the telly.

The Akron Beacon Journal leads with “Region digs out, gets rolling again,” The Repository in Canton reports “Cleanup crews catching up in area,” and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland whoops it up with a photo of a car buried in the snow and being dug out with the lead head “By the shovelful.” The Columbus Dispatch takes a more optimistic approach with the lead story claiming that “Sun helps clearing of area roadways.” The Times-Reporter in Dover-New Philadelphia banners “Taking winter’s best shot,” while The Independent in Massillon states “It’s time to begin digging out” and shows a couple of men doing just that, with a drop head reporting “Near record snowfall hit fast, left a lot to clean up.” The Blade in Toledo reports “Ohio works to dig out from severe snowfall,” while The Vindicator in Youngstown teases an inside story “After the snowstorm.” We couldn’t find anything about the snowstorm on Page One of The Lima News, which serves the “south counties,” which may have missed the mess.

They also had some weather in Upstate New York so we thought it worth checking what we had seen and heard. Sure enough, the Times Herald-Record in Middletown devotes most of Page One to a photo and the banner head “Region dries out, restores power after 2-day deluge,” with the drop head “Hundreds of residents spend night without electricty,” (which might be how they spell it in Middletown). The Post-Star in Glens Falls leads with “Wind, ice ravage power lines,” and the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton reports record rains, adding that “Rising water leaves some homeowners on edge” and the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls says it all with “Storm leaves a big mess.” The Observer-Dispatch in Utica prefers a “you think you got it bad approach,” with a Page One small photo and a headline leading you inside, reporting “Ohio knee deep in snow,” which is where today’s report started.

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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