June 5, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Missile shield scores in Europe; U.S. broadcasters win profanity battle

Europe isn’t on the agenda of the U.S. dailies today, but America is making the European headlines in one way or another. President George W. Bush and his wife flew into Prague, making for nice Page One photos in Lidove Noviny and Denik in that city but that’s where nice ends. The Daily Telegraph in London headlines the most immediate problem – “Bush flies into row over missile shield,” the proposed U.S. missile shield in the Czech Republic and Poland to protect parts of Europe. Russian President Putin doesn’t like it, with a headline in El Periodico in Barcelona about Putin reviving talk about an atomic threat while The Guardian in London reports “Putin missile threat ‘unhelpful’ U.S. says.” La Tribune in Paris prefers to report about Bush going to the G8 meetings in Germany and the potential problems following the recent riots even before the summit sessions begin. Indeed, Die Welt in Hamburg has a Page One photo and a story headlined “Controversy over the police strategy in Rostock,” about the response to the riots in recent days.  La Repubblica’s Page One story for its readers in Rome notes the problem of “too little” for the poor countries in the coming G8 economic talks.

But the U.S. dailies had other stories for Page One, including what the Daily News in Los Angeles headlined “No fines for potty mouths on TV,” a development that The Washington Post preferred to headline “Broadcasters win appeal of FCC’s profanity ruling” and The New York Times called “Decency ruling thwarts FCC on vulgarities.” The indictment of sitting Congressman William Jefferson also was a Page One story for many newspapers. You couldn’t miss it in his New Orleans hometown daily, The Times-Picayune, with the all-caps bold headline “Jefferson indicted in bribery scheme.” The story was squared off at the top of Page One in The Washington Times: “Jefferson charged in bribery and corruption.”

For The Boston Globe and the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C., there was room on Page One for a photo and a story about the “Polish Anne Frank” and her holocaust diary, with both quoting “I simply can’t believe that one day I will be allowed to leave this house without the yellow star. Or even that this war will end.”

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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