THE FRONT-PAGE LEDE in a newspaper is the story selected by editors as the most important of the day. It appears at the top of the front page in the right corner. Depending on the importance of the story, it can be one, two, or more columns wide.
Each front-page lede, like all other stories, is subject to criticism as journalism -- the who, what, where, when, and why of the story, and the competence and honesty of the reporting.
Independently of that, however, it is also subject to criticism for its placement. Is today's front-page lede truly important enough to justify its placement as the most important story of the day?
The Houston Chronicle last week (May 19) ran this front-page lede: . . .