July 22, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Obama is big news, but not the only news

Barack Obama's overseas trip is making news from sea to shining sea. The Miami Herald International showed Obama shaking hands with the Iraqi prime minister. The Aurora (Colo.) Sentinel used the photo that the majority of newspapers used for the story — a photo of Obama in a helicopter with Gen. David Petraeus. The Christian Science Monitor (Boston) claimed that many Arabs did not even know who Obama was with the headline “Barack Who?”

Many international papers featured Obama on the front page as well. From Austria (Vienna’s Kurier) to Israel (Tel Aviv’s Maariv) to Uruguay (Montevideo’s El Pais), Obama was shown on front pages on several continents.

But Obama's trip is just one of the major stories on front pages today. Here are a few more:

  • U.S. Olympic team visits White House: As the 2008 U.S. Olympic team prepares for Beijing, it made a stop to visit President Bush yesterday. The Santa Barbara (Calif.) News-Press headlined the story "Olympic Dreams," while The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle profiled a local injured Iraq war veteran who qualified for the U.S. Paralympic team.
  • Salmonella — again, or still?: "Tainted jalapenos found," said the straightforward headline on the top of The San Diego Union-Tribune's front page. The Bradenton (Fla.) Herald marked tomatoes as "Safe" and called the "Unsafe" jalapeno a "Hot suspect."
  • Hot as an oven: The Huntsville (Ala.) Times used the succinct headline "102°” to describe the heat. The Memphis, Tenn., Commercial Appeal’s headline read, “Feel the Burn,” and the front page featured an almost-obligatory photo of a child playing in water outdoors.

ehedges@newseum.org Emily Hedges is an assistant editor at the Newseum.

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