The problem with being number one, is that you attract the most spam. It's extremely lucrative to be able to spam the number one search engine. Google works extra hard to ensure that most spam doesn't get into the results.
But Google might not be as "responsive" to new stories as other search engines. Perhaps they are more careful and slower because they need to be more vigilant about limiting spam.
Here's an example: today the AP runs a story entitled: "Alaska Man Builds 16-Foot Snowzilla". But when you click on it, but there's no picture of the Snowzilla!
If you do the same search at Yahoo, you'll find the USA Today story, which does have a picture.
Perhaps Slurp is just faster to the USA Today than Googlebot today. It'll be interesting to see which bot picks up this post faster...