The New York Times reported on a speech given by President Barack Obama to a pro-Israel lobbying group Sunday.
The reporter found the most important element to the speech was Obama's defense of his administration's commitment to Israeli security. The reporter also said Obama used the speech to address critics of the administration.
The second paragraph of the story does not back up the lead with a quote, but the reporter chose to give context to the speech and reiterate what the president was talking about.
The story then gives its first quote from the speech. I thought it was interesting the reporter chose to incorporate where Obama was giving the speech with the quote rather than having a separate paragraph for more context.
The story had a lot of paraphrasing from the speech with few verbatim quotes used for support. Perhaps it was a lengthy speech and the best way to describe the message was to simply give a brief description of what Obama said.
The reporter also described how the audience reacted, and the type of speech it was briefly. The reporter called the speech defensive at times.
In order for the reader to understand the speech more the story provides a lot of background on the issue. It tells the reader why Obama has been criticized in the past about Israeli security as well as why Israeli security is importan.
The story also talks about future meetings the president has with the prime minister of Israel. This story does not focus so much on the speech, but the issue the speech was addressing. There is a significant amount of details on why the speech was given in the first place. The actual event of the speech took a back seat to the issues in the second half of the story.
Giving the background information on Iran and Israel allows for a better understanding of why this story is important. Just reporting on the speech would not provide enough context to the speech. Reader's would be lost if that information was not provided for them.
The story ends with a long quote from Obama about his policy of sending military forces into Iran, which is a deep concern for Israel's safety.