A “lede” is the first line of an article or new story. It’s meant to grab your attention and to communicate the most important part of the story.
To “Bury the lede” is a phrase used in journalism when someone has written a news story where the truly important fact is way at the end of the story, or buried in the middle where someone won’t actually catch it. NPR did just that the other day.
In this story on “All Things Considered” they had a story about how President Obama signed an extension of the PATRIOT Act using a device called an autopen. The device allowed him to be in France and sign the paper in Washington, DC. The story was ultimately about whether or not it was constitutionally legal to sign a bill this way.
My problem is this: there was zero discussion on whether or not the PATRIOT Act itself is legal or justified.
The important story here is that a president who ran on platform of revolutionizing open government has just extended a set of laws that are the most covert and secretive in the history of the country. He extended a law that he ran his whole campaign against and everyone is upset about the pen!?
I’m not afraid that he signed the bill using an autopen, I’m afraid that the bill that he signed means that people could very well be spying on me because I’m a Mennonite and a threat to national security.