Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Oil-for-food Scandal

In addition to comparing CNN and Fox News articles on the same event, I occasionally look at what articles they cover. I noticed in my “2004: Top ten stories” post below that Fox had listed the U.N. ‘s oil-for-food scandal as number 3 but CNN did not list it at all. Today I did a search of both sites using “united nations” as the search term. The following headlines, specifically about the food-for-oil scandal (excluding articles such as Secretary-General Annan’s dealing with problems at the U.N.), were listed for the last 20 days:

Fox

Volcker: U.N. Didn't Stop Saddam's Smuggling - Monday, December 27, 2004

Beware the Ghosts of Oil-for-Food - Sunday, December 26, 2004

Russia Cooperating with Oil-for-Food Probe - Saturday, December 18, 2004 -

Oil-for-Food Used for Money Laundering? - Saturday, December 18, 2004

Documents Challenge Kojo Annan's Story - Thursday, December 16, 2004

SEC Questions Tyco on Oil-for-Food - Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Diplomats: U.N. Scandal May Hinder Reforms - Friday, December 10, 2004

CNN

Former U.N. oil-for-food chief denies wrongdoing (12.18.2004)

Annan pledges full cooperation with investigations (12.16.2004)

Annan's son: Probe 'a witchhunt' (12.13.2004)

Not only did CNN have fewer headlines, they are all supportive whereas Fox's are more critical. The point is: see what you miss if you just use one source for your news! Be sure and see the post on the Sudan crisis.

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