Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Federal Grants for Port Security

This is another example of different headlines for the same AP article. Here is the opening sentence for both:

The Homeland Security Department has allowed federal grants for improving security at America's ports to be spent on low priority problems rather than the most serious vulnerabilities, the agency's outgoing watchdog says.

Here are the headlines:

CNN: “Report: Port funds being misspent”

Fox: “Inspector: Grants shortchange port security”

Both headlines are correct but is there anything to the words they chose to use? In my opinion, CNN’s use of “misspent” has more negative connotations than Fox’s “shortchange.”

Note: Although they are both AP stories, CNN includes three sentences about White House reaction that Fox does not include. Those three sentences are the deputy press secretary’s comments.

Links to articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/12/28/port.security.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,142717,00.html

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