Saturday, November 27, 2004

More on Iraqi Elections

Both had stories again on the Iraqi elections. Fox News’ home page had a headline link (font size 17.5 point) that said “Iraq ‘Ready’ for Jan. Elections” with a picture of soldiers and also this statement: “Country determined to hold elections on time despite calls for postponement, according to prime minister.” When you click on the link you get an AP story with the headline, “Allawi: Determined to Hold Elections on Time.”

CNN gave less emphasis with a home page “more news” link (12 point) that says, “Bombs kill 5 in Baghdad.” When you click on that the headline is “Iraq PM: Election should go ahead” with a sub-headline, “5 Iraqis killed by Baghdad bombs.”

Fox News’ AP story devotes 424 words to the election and then 317 on violence in Iraq.

CNN has 106 words on the elections and 378 on violence in Iraq including this final statement, “Some 1,235 U.S. service personnel have died in Iraq -- 964 from hostile fire -- since the beginning of the U.S.-led war in March 2003.”

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