August 28, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Gonzales’ departure tops the news in the U.S., its neighbors and abroad

Whether you are editing the biggest daily in the United States, the second biggest, the newspaper of record or the major daily in the nation’s capital, the departure of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was your top Page One story today. For the four dailies just cited, USA Today reported, “As Gonzales exits, battles looming for White House”; The Wall Street Journal leads with “Gonzales resignation ends an era”; The New York Times tells its readers “A defender of Bush’s power, Gonzales resigns”; and The Washington Post banners “Embattled Gonzales resigns.”

And that’s the way it is across the country. The Los Angeles Times tops Page One with “Anger, relief over resignation”; the Aurora (Colo.) Sentinel has a large photo over-printed with the words “Going, going, Gonzales,” while The Day in New London, Conn., banners “A legacy of moral, political turmoil.” For the Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach, it’s a simple one-column head noting that “Gonzales moves on.” The Chicago Tribune grabs your attention with a large photo of the back of Gonzales as he leaves the stage after making his announcement. The Citizens’ Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., uses all of Page One for a photo of Gonzales and the words “Attorney General calls it quits.” At other dailies, editors decided to lead you off Page One to read the details, as the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson does with “Gonzales packs it in,” while telling you where to find the news and the analysis.

Even outside the U.S., the resignation is news. The Globe and Mail in Toronto has a story at the bottom of the page, claiming that “Bush cleans house but plenty of mud remains” while Excelsior in Mexico City has a small photo at the bottom of the page touting inside coverage. Die Tageszeitung in Berlin has a commentary with the head “Bush’s Texas band disintegrates.” There are teases for Gonzales stories inside in SME, a major daily in Bratislava, The Jerusalem Post and la Repubblica in Rome.

Back in the states, The Buffalo News sums it up with “Relief greets Gonzales’ move.”

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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