Wednesday, December 22, 2004


Bush’s meeting with the outgoing head of the NAACP, Kweisi Mfume, was covered by both. CNN’s was a little longer at 634 words while Fox’s AP story was 525 words long. Most of the key information is the same in both. Notable differences include:

In Fox’s AP article, the White House press secretary, Scott McClellan, is quoted in the third and fourth sentences. McClellan is not quoted at all by CNN but they do mention that Karl Rove was there and gave some quotes from him. Fox does not mention Rove.

CNN includes personal information about Mfume including his possible future political aspirations.

Fox’s concluding paragraph was:

"He [Bush] was concerned not so much about any potential humiliation of himself, but protecting the office of the presidency from any sort of humiliation that might have occurred," he said. "I think he does have some validity in the fact that protecting the presidency from public humiliation, whether it's he or someone else, as president, is important."

CNN did not use any quotes but said:

Mfume said Tuesday that the president explained in the meeting that he did not attend the convention because Bush was concerned with protecting the office of president from any public humiliation.

As seen in the above two quotes, CNN mentions what Mfume said about the President not going to the convention while Fox uses Mfume’s quotes to make the same point but also noting Mfume’s reaction to what Bush had explained. Why did CNN leave out Mfume's reaction and also the White House press secretary's comments? Why did Fox not include Mfume's future political plans?

Links to the articles:,2933,142256,00.html

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