Presidents, celebrities and drop-dead headlines

At the Huffington Post, Rachel Sklar wonders why the coverage of the death of Gerald Ford hasn’t included a famous front page from The Daily News in New York. She writes:

The omission of one newspaper headline over the course of an entire presidency and distinguished, honorable career is certainly no big deal, but this one in particular is so colorful, so iconic and so famous that its absence seems worthy of note.

My guess: The cable networks think that showing “DROP DEAD” with a story about the death of a president is inappropriate.

Meanwhile, the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly includes a similar headline — offering evidence that Sklar is correct about the impact of the “DROP DEAD” word choice and structure. The magazine went to print before Ford’s death, by the way.