(I will analyze this story by the Star Tribune)
This story is a pretty strange one - it covers the fact that the President of Indonesia had recently released an album of so-called "schmaltzy pop songs." This story cover lots of ground as far as diversity goes - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is a muslim, a foreign leader, and, apparently, an eccentric.
The article is, as expected, pretty strange. While it seems to maintain a safe distance and separation from the suject matter, it also subtly brings out the "freak factor." Calling the tunes "schmaltzy" and highlighting the indifference of the public all serve to bring out the fact that the reader is definitely supposed to laugh at the singing president who longs for "the queen of my heart."
I'm not sure how to feel about this story. it doesn't really overstep any REALLY taboo boundaries and is respectful to religion and race, but it definitely has a kind of "Onion" feel to it, as if it is lampooning the subject. We're not supposed to do that, right?