2008 Republican National Convention
St. Paul, Minnesota  September 1-4, 2008
Front Page Coverage of:
Day Before
Aug. 31, 2008
(Sept. 1 Newspapers
Day One
Sept. 1, 2008
(Sept. 2 Newspapers)
Day Two
Sept. 2, 2008
(Sept. 3 Newpapers)

Day Three
Sept. 3, 2008
(Sept. 4 Newspapers)

Day Four
Sept. 4, 2008
(Sept. 5 Newspapers)

Summary: Based on an "at a glance" look at a number of front pages, Hurricane Gustav's missing a direct hit on New Orleans was the lead story in Tuesday morning's papers.  The opening of the Convention made front pages of all papers in the sample; story lines included Bristol Palin's pregnancy and demonstrations.  The Convention appearance by Laura Bush and Cindy McCain received modest photo coverage on front pages. Some papers ran small photos to go with the Bristol Palin story.  The local Minnesota papers gave prominent photo play to the demonstrations.  NEWSEUM


Star Tribune
"FOR GOP, A DAY OF DISTRACTIONS" - Kevin Diaz (ST). Main photo is wide shot of dozens and dozens of protesters and many signs against the war in Iraq. - David Joles, Star Tribune.
Smaller photo is medium shot of protester being restrained on the pavement. - Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune.

...below the fold
"Mass show of peaceful dissent soon makes a violent descent" - Curt Brown (ST).

Pioneer Press
"Composed...chaotic"  Small photo, MCU of Cindy McCain and Laura Bush clapping. - Richard Marshall, Pioneer Press.
Dominant photo is quite dramatic, shows several police officers with bikes; one of the officers is spraying pepper spray towards demonstrators and the camera. - Matt Rourke, Associated Press.

...below the fold
"On subdued first day, much of the focus is on Gustav" - Bill Salisbury and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger (PP).
"Rogue protesters steal the show with violence, vandalism" - Pioneer Press.

USA Today
"New storm, new lessons"
In Newswire summary "GOP pushes storm relief"
Main photo is Army guardsman in New Orleans.
Small photo in Newswire summary:
tightly cropped medium shot of Cindy McCain and Laura Bush. - H. Darr Beiser/USA Today.

...below the fold
"Privacy, judgment raised after news of pregnancy" - Martha T. Moore (USAT).
...below the fold
Small photo of McCain, Palin, Bristol, Trig. - Matt Sullivan/Reuters.

New York Times (Late Edition) "Spared a Direct Hit, New Orleans Exhales"
-"Palin Disclosures Spotlight McCain's Screening Process" - Elisabeth Bumiller.
-"A New Twist In the Debate Over Mothers" - Jodi Kantor and Rachel L. Swarns.
Waves in New Orleans.

...below the fold
teaser for article on page A.20: "Dozens Are Arrested as Convention Opens"
...below the fold
Police clashing with demonstrators. - Robert Stolarik for the NYT.

Washington Post (Final Edition) "New Orleans Levees Tested As Gustav Lashes Gulf Coast"
"Hurricane, Palin Roil the Start of GOP Convention" - Michael Abramowitz and Dan Balz (WP).
Waves in New Orleans.

...below the fold
"Palin's Small Alaska Town Secured Big Federal Funds" - Paul Kane (WP).
...below the fold
Med. shot of Laura Bush and Cindy McCain waving. - Ricky Carioti, The Washington Post.

Washington Post (Special Edition) "With Eyes on Gustav, GOP Opens Convention"
"Republicans Call for Aid, Compassion for Areas Hit By Storm" - Michael Abramowitz and Dan Balz (WP).
MW shot of Laura Bush and Cindy McCain on the stage; delegates on the convention floor in the background. - Ricky Carioti, The Washington Post.

...on and below the fold
1: "Palin's Small Alaska Town Secured Big Federal Funds" - Paul Kane (WP).
2: "Palin's Family Revelations Were No Surprise, McCain Team Say" - Michael D. Shear and Karl Vick (WP).

...on and below the fold
Med. shot of Mike Duncan gaveling Convention open. - Toni L Sandys, The Washington Post.

Los Angeles Times "Gustav pulls its punch"
"GOP wasn't expecting this challenge" [Bristol pregnancy] - Mark Z. Barabak (LAT).
Waves in New Orleans. 
(from Friday in Ohio) Small tightly cropped photo of Bristol holding Trig.

Boston Globe "A reprieve for New Orleans" Waves in New Orleans.  Also a small photo of President Bush.

...below the fold
"Palin's daughter, 17, is pregnant" - Michael Kranish (BG).

...below the fold
(from Friday in Ohio) Sarah Palin waving; behind her is Bristol holding Trig. - Matt Sullivan, Reuters.

Chicago Tribune
"Feeling cramped on your commute?  Stand by, it'll get worse"
"New Orleans breathes easier / But GOP Convention is distracted by storm over VP choice"
National Guard soldier in flooded New Orleans street.

...below the fold
"Surprise pregnancy has Republicans off balance" - Jim Tankersley (Trib).
...below the fold
Very small photo of Palin. - Joe Raedle, Getty/AFP

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