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Paper Monitor

13:11 UK time, Tuesday, 30 October 2012

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

No new poppy developments to report.

Meanwhile, it's newsmagedon in the papers. The first rule of reporting is that if it happens in New York, it's bigger, bolder and more newsier than if it happens pretty much anywhere else. (That, no doubt, is why Spider-Man's alter-ego Peter Parker is a photographer for the fictional Daily Bugle in New York, and Clark "Superman" Kent works for the Daily Planet in smells-like-NYC Metropolis.)

So while Storm Sandy has been slamming into towns, cities, villages and, indeed, swathes of wilderness up and down the north-east coast of the United States, it is events in the city that never sleeps that dominate the papers.

The Times has a photo of the Hudson River spilling over its banks, washing around a sign that reads "NO skate boarding in Sinatra Park". Sinatra Park. Could it be any more New York if it tried? Why yes - that's the Empire State Building across the water.

The top half of the Guardian's front page is given over to a rain-lashed tugboat chugging past the Statue of Liberty.

The Sun has pun with the headline "N.Y. Sea".

The Daily Telegraph has a panoramic shot of an unusually dark Manhattan skyline, made dim by power cuts and looming storm clouds.

And on the front page of the Daily Mail, there's a quite different and altogether less traumatic type of storm:

"Twitter frenzy as BBC Emily 'dresses like a Doctor Who baddie'"

"Stern-faced Sontarans" to be exact. Unimpressed viewers "flooded Twitter" to make jokes about newsreader Emily Maitlis in a dress with a large cowl neckline.

Which brings Paper Monitor to the second rule of reporting. Once the adage went "When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news."

Today it can be interpreted as: "Woman wears dress is not news; dress wears woman is news."

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