May 2, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

From Washington: A day of political theater and quotable moments

A slugfest. A war of words. A tug of war.

Newspapers used various descriptions as President Bush vetoed the Iraq war spending bill and the president’s confrontation with Congress over a timetable for troop withdrawal from Iraq continued. It was a “day of political theater for both parties,” the Los Angeles Times said. A quote from the president -- “This is a prescription for chaos and confusion…” -- was highlighted in papers including The Boston Globe.

Photos played a part in the coverage, with The Washington Post picturing Bush walking alone on the White House lawn. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch used photos to help illustrate the face-off.

The Republican-American in Waterbury, Conn., was among newspapers that asked: “What’s next?” The Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald brought the story home with “War funding standoff worries Guard leaders” and statistics on the deaths of local soldiers in Iraq.

Rallies for immigrants’ rights were held in cities across the country Tuesday, but the number of participants was down from last year. “Roar subdued,” The Orange County (Calif.) Register said. What do you think? asked The Hartford Courant, which published a poll that showed a majority of Connecticut residents support in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants.

Sports on the front: Quoting an academic study of the NBA, The New York Times reported that racial bias plays a role in calling fouls. There is no bias, responded the NBA, which conducted its own study.

Today’s images: The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram showed power forward Dirk Nowitzki giving the Dallas Mavericks a “fighting chance” in the NBA playoffs. The San Francisco Chronicle pictured the agony of defeat for fans of the Golden State Warriors, who “let Game 5 slip away.”

The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post pictured a highway patrolman ordering a motorcyclist to his patrol car after the cyclist was clocked going 116 miles per hour. Accompanying the photo was today’s best quote: “Why would I get a motorcycle if I’m not going to drive fast?” asked the man, who was arrested.

kkennedy@freedomforum.org Kate Kennedy, a former newspaper Page One editor, is director/diversity programs.

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