Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Iraq: Attack at Mosul

Both articles give credit to AP, among others, for contributing to the reports. CNN includes “22 killed” in its headline; Fox does not have it in the headline but does have it in the first sentence. Fox mentions that at least 50 people were injured but CNN does not.

CNN’s first sentence: “Multiple rounds hit a dining hall at a U.S. military base near Mosul on Tuesday, killing 22 people, including U.S. troops, members of the Iraqi national guard, and Iraqi civilians, Pentagon officials said.”

Fox starts with “A radical Islamic group claimed responsibility Tuesday for an explosion that killed at least 22 people at a U.S. military base near the northern city of Mosul.”

CNN talks of rounds hitting the dining hall while Fox starts with the source of those rounds being a radical Islamic group.

CNN mentions the radical group, Jaish Ansar Al-Sunnah, briefly but note that the authenticity of their claim has not been confirmed. Fox called the group “Ansar al-Sunnah Army” and offered this information that CNN did not include:

The statement said the attack was a "martyrdom operation" targeting a mess hall.

Ansar al-Sunnah is believed to be a fundamentalist group whose goal is to turn Iraq into a tightly controlled Islamic state like Afghanistan's former Taliban regime. In August, the Sunni Muslim group claimed responsibility for the beheading of 12 Nepalese hostages.

Why did CNN include the number killed in their headline? Why didn’t Fox include it? Why did Fox add information about the Islamic group? Was CNN being more cautious about what they were reporting since some claims were unconfirmed or were they reluctant for some other reason?

Links to the articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/12/21/iraq.main/index.htm

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,142157,00.html

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