NY Tabloids Mark 9/11 With Special Wraps

By: Carl Sullivan

Updated at 10:15 a.m. EST

For New York City-area tabloids, every day of the last year has brought 9/11 news. In the last week, there have been special sections on the approaching anniversary of the terrorist attacks, including extensive coverage in the Sunday papers.

So what to do on the actual anniversary itself?

Showing its patriotism, the New York Post printed a special edition four-page wrap-around today with the headline “Lest We Forget” floating in a clear blue sky next to the gleaming Twin Towers just as they stood before 8:46 a.m. on this date one year ago. The wrap unfolds to reveal a panoramic photo from lower Manhattan to the Empire State Building in midtown, pre-9/11. The inside of the wrap is a color American flag.

Peel the wrap away and you will find a photo of a dozen smiling children and teenagers above this headline: “A year ago today they each lost a parent in the World Trade Center. With courage they endure. New York is proud of them.” Pages 2-15 are devoted to “9/11: One Year Later.” Included is a story about how New Yorkers are still burying their dead; firefighter Peter Bielfeld was buried yesterday in the Bronx.

The Daily News ran a 24-page wrap today with the cover focusing on the federal terrorism alert. The headline, “Code Orange” on a black background, runs above a photo of Stinger missiles mounted on a military Jeep, which the paper says are being used to protect Washington. Inside, a center spread chronicles the clean-up of Ground Zero with month-by-month photos from last September to now.

The regular issue of today’s Daily News is more standard tabloid fare, with the cover devoted to a Congressional committee’s recommendation that the U.S. Justice Department launch a probe into Martha Stewart’s stock trading vying for attention with the legal battle between the two Miss North Carolina contestants for the right to compete in the Miss America Pageant this month.

Long Island-based Newsday also produced a 24-page special-report wrap today. On the cover is a photo of the Empire State Building with the smoking Twin Towers in the distance. The hed reads: “I Love This City. But There Is a Fear Here Now.” The quote is attributed to Manhattan resident Linnae Hamilton.

Most of the wrap is devoted to “25 Voices of Sorrow and Survival,” the stories of 25 different survivors and victims’ family members in their own words. The center spread is a horrific photo of lower Manhattan consumed in a massive cloud of smoke and dust as boats flee the scene.

The regular news front focuses on the government’s high alert. On page A8, Newsday reports on the efforts of World Trade Center workers to open doors and save tenants’ lives as communications deteriorated and computerized door-unlocking systems failed. The adjoining full-page commemorative ad was purchased by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which managed the complex.

Other remembrance ads were placed by insurance companies and retailers. Former Trade Center tenant Marsh & McLennan took out a full-page ad with five columns of names — employees of the company who died that day.

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