The first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took place last night, with an estimated 100 million American viewers (and more than a few Canadians) tuning into this long-awaited matchup.
Five nanoseconds after the debate concluded, pundits tried to determine the winner of the debate, aided or abetted by the rival spin machines of the candidates. In a close debate you can generally tell who won by which campaign is the first to complain about how the debate was conducted; by this measure, it seems Trump lost (he was also the only candidate who toured the spin room, generally the loser’s move, and his spokespeople on CNN griped about the unfairness of the moderator’s questions).
Toronto’s five dailies all feature the debate on today’s page one, but which paper will be declared the winner of this week’s historic Front Page Challenge?
Ahmad Khan Rahami, an American citizen born in Afghanistan, was arrested Monday in connection with a pair of bombings in New York City and Linden, New Jersey, over the weekend. And with the looming presidential election seemingly predicated on the War on Terror and Prime Minister Trudeau in New York for the annual General Assembly of the United Nations, Toronto’s newspapers have their eyes on international happenings in this morning’s edition of Front Page Challenge.
The Wynne government tabled its plans for the second half of its term yesterday, in a clear attempt at pivoting for the next provincial election. And this would normally be a top story for Toronto’s papers, but also muscling in to the front pages today is an update on a doomed naval expedition from the nineteenth century. Will the past triumph over the present in today’s Front Page Challenge winner’s circle?
With last night’s wrap-up of the CNE and this Thursday’s opening of TIFF, it looks like summer in Toronto is over, and starting today kids of all ages are going back to school. On this momentous day, which of Toronto’s daily papers will be named head of the class in this week’s Front Page Challenge and which will be forced to write “I will do better next week” one hundred times on the blackboard?
This week’s Front Page Challenge is another competitive one, with most of the city’s newspapers clearly in the hunt to be considered the winner, each taking different approaches to summarizing the world and capturing this week’s championship.