Are Front-Page Editorials on the Rise?

By: David Haglund | Slate

Today, The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Penn., published a front-page editorial arguing that, on account of the sexual abuse scandal that has recently come to light, Penn State president Graham Spanier must “step aside.” Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, the editorial said, should be allowed to finish this season, but his contract should not be renewed. (Paterno may be out of a job sooner than that.)

Running an editorial on the front page is a rare practice in the United States. (It is more common in some other countries, including Italy and France.)

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