May 29, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

No love lost between aide, White House after kiss, tell

“Et tu, McClellan?”

That’s how West Hawaii Today of Kailua Kona presented the repercussions to news that former White House press spokesman Scott McClellan’s new book claims President Bush manipulated the facts to “sell” the public on the war in Iraq.

“Truth-telling or betrayal?” asks USA Today. “Ex-Bush aide’s criticisms stun a team built on loyalty.”

“‘This is not the Scott we knew,’” says the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, quoting administration insiders.

“McClellan: Disgruntled or White House Whistleblower?” posed Colorado’s Aurora Sentinel.

“Capital Backlash,” says The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, adding a quote for context: “Generally, there is a tacit understanding when you leave you don’t make a lot of waves.”

New Orleans’ Times-Picayune found a local angle to the McClellan memoir, focusing on the image of Bush looking from his plane over the Katrina-ravaged area: “Bush photo after Katrina a big mistake, ex-aide says.”

The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle adds, “President ‘puzzled,’ ‘surprised’ by memoir.” On the same front page comes the teaser “Bangles brighten any outfit.” Take note, Mr. President.

Bangles won’t help cheer the eco-sensitive in Lexington, Ky., where the Herald-Leader’s front page reveals that the city has the worst carbon footprint of 100 cities studied by the Brookings Institution. The headline: “Lexington tops list of enemies to the environment.”

In a local story with historic appeal, The Sun in San Bernardino, Calif., produced an evocative photo and interview package on memories of Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign stop to the area in 1968, as the 40th anniversary of his June 5 assassination nears.

Nose for news: In Hyannis, Mass., the Cape Code Times’ “Crime of passion” reveals a local trend in lilac larceny.

prhule@newseum.org Patty Rhule is a project editor at the Newseum.

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