September 14, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Front pages summarize, analyze Oval Office address on Iraq

President Bush’s televised address on U.S. troop presence in Iraq got prominent play on front pages across the country. From Bush’s home state of Texas, the Austin American-Statesman said, “Bush: U.S. still needed.”

The country’s largest newspapers also led with the news. USA Today said Bush “Rejects deep cuts; shift not enough, Dems say.”

In a four-column headline, The New York Times said: “Bush says success allows gradual troop cuts.” Bush’s use of the word “success” appeared in many headlines. In an analysis, the Los Angeles Times said: “President’s goal now defined as ‘success’ — not ‘victory.’”

Large newspapers also reported on Page One the killing of an Iraqi tribal leader who had been a key U.S. ally. The Washington Post published a photo from last week of the sheik meeting with Bush.

The Chicago Tribune pictured a serviceman in Baghdad watching the prime-time address, and The Dallas Morning News said: “Texas soldiers and vets say the military has done all it can.”

How did the speech play in locations with military ties? “5,700 soldiers home by Christmas, 21,500 by summer,” the El Paso (Texas) Times said. In Clarksville, Tenn., The Leaf-Chronicle noted news from nearby Fort Campbell: “Brigade ready to head to Iraq.”

The parents of a Marine killed in Iraq were pictured on The Oklahoman of Oklahoma City. “Man remembered as someone who wanted to help,” it said about the corporal who was killed by a suicide bomber.

As it celebrates its 25th anniversary, USA Today published a front-page letter from the editor today. Inside, the newspaper told the “American story” of USA Today in a two-page spread that included — can you guess? — color photos, bulleted items and graphics. At a USA Today-American University School of Communication program last night, founder Al Neuharth said that when USA Today was created in 1982 readers were “bored to death by gray newspapers. We had to somehow grab the television generation.”

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy is front-pages editor at the Newseum.

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