September 11 Still Page One News — In New York Tabs

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By: Joe Strupp

On the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, New York’s three major tabloids offered up most of their front pages to remember the tragic incident that halted the city and resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths.

Newsday of Melville, N.Y., which also prints a New York City edition, covered Page One with several rows of World Trade Center photos, depicting it from 1973 to 2001. Photos of the lightened memorials that have been used on the anniversary since 2001 also were depicted.

Inside, the paper published four pages of stories dealing with disputes over the rebuilding of the area and cleanup efforts, as well as a profile of Ben Sliney, the Federal Aviation Administration national operations manager, who is from Long Island and played himself in the movie, “United 93.”

Newsday offered just one page to the testimony of Gen. David Petraeus, who spoke before Congress Monday calling for a continuation of the “surge” of U.S. troops in Iraq, placing it on Page A8.

The New York Daily News placed a photo of a five-year-old girl holding the picture of her dead father, who perished in the attacks, on Page One, with two pages of inside coverage on how relatives of the dead would remember them and some controversy over toxins at the site.

The Daily News also appears to be the only New York daily to publish names of all of the dead, filling four pages. The paper, in addition, ran two editorials related to the anniversary, including one honoring volunteers and others who helped out at Ground Zero and another urging readers to remember the names of victims.

The New York Post filled more than half of Page One with a black-and-white bordered image that said, “We Remember Them Tuesday, September 11.” Inside, the paper had two pages of coverage and an editorial about politicizing the anniversary. The Post actually gave more coverage to Petraeus’ testimony, with a Page One headline proclaiming he “dazzles Congress with Iraq testimony,” four inside pages of coverage, and a supportive editorial.

The New York Times had one front page story related to the anniversary, focused on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to “Move The City Beyond 9/11 Grief.” An inside story looked at how the anniversary “looms” over the Petraeus testimony, but no editorials related to the anniversary were published. The paper did place a collection of drawings depicting scenes related to Sept. 11 by local artists.

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