September 12, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

The anniversary, the hurricane and the Palin interview

On the day after the seventh anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, many editors all over the U.S. decided to use the front pages to remember the tragedy. Denver's Rocky Mountain News had a large photo of the two presidential candidates together in New York with the headline "Common ground zero." The Orlando Sentinel reported on the New York, D.C. and Pennsylvania 9/11 memorials and the status of each. Long Island's Newsday used a touching photo of a firefighter holding his infant son at "Ground Zero 9/11/08," and the suburban Chicago Daily Herald's headline said what we were all thinking: "It's Still With Us."

Hurricane Ike is raging in the Gulf of Mexico. The effects have been felt all along the Gulf Coast, including Florida, where the Pensacola News-Journal's clever headline read "Surf's Way Up." The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss., had "YIKES!" above the newspaper's nameplate. But, of course, Texas will feel the strongest effects of Ike. Most of the Texas front pages have coverage of the hurricane today, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram which quoted the National Weather Service warning of "certain death" in its front-page headline. The Waco Tribune-Herald showed the back-up of evacuees on the highway under the headline "Texans stream north."

Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska and GOP vice presidential nominee, sat down yesterday for her first major interview since accepting the nomination. Her home state's Anchorage Daily News headline read "ABC tests Palin on foreign policy." The Bakersfield Californian repeated Palin's assertion "I'm ready" for its headline. The New York Post called her interview a "Call to Arms" and said "Sarah talks tough as son goes to war." Not all papers focused on her interview though. Cheyenne, Wyo.'s Tribune-Eagle used its front page to talk about Sarah's spectacles. "Palin's glasses are hot, hot, hot!" cried the lighthearted headline.

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

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