City Paper is not for tourists
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