WaPo Uses Bland Headline for Cuban Dissident Medal of Freedom Story

November 6th, 2007 10:56 AM

On Monday, President Bush honored a Cuban political prisoner, author Harper Lee, and former congressman Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), along with five others in a Medal of Freedom ceremony. Yet while Washington Post Foreign Service staffer Nora Boustany led her November 6 article with a focus on the Castro-imprisoned Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, Post headline writers slapped a bland headline on the story, "Cuban Doctor Among Eight Honored at White House."

That's hardly an enticing attention grabber for your average Post reader flipping through page A14 while hunched over his corn flakes.

A review of Google News shows other papers, such as the Miami Herald honed in on the Biscet angle ("Cuban dissident Biscet receives presidential medal") while others such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Birmingham News focused on Alabama native Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird."