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An accounting of the Washington Post’s recent photographic decisions Washington Post editors no doubt take their jobs seriously. Over the years, they’ve thrown the venerable paper’s resources at the biggest breaking-news stories. Just by scanning an edition’s photographs, readers can get a solid snapshot of the day’s important issues.
Over the past three weeks, that meant a lot of newsprint face time with Harriet Miers. During that period, the Post has run a whopping 34 photos of the U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Also of import is infant panda Tai Shan. Despite fierce competition from the National Zoo, whose Web site boasts a “pandacam,” editors at the Post have managed to remain near the forefront of cuddly-cub coverage. That includes a Panda Watch feature and an impressive 21 total photos of the rare bear—four more than ran during the same period of President George W. Bush.
Here’s a breakdown of prominent figures whose stories the Post deemed important enough to illustrate with a picture, from issue dates Oct. 2 through Oct. 22.—Mike Kanin
H. Russell Potts—3