Sunday, December 05, 2004

Pakistan's Musharraf

Today, CNN reported on Pakistan’s president, General Pervez Musharraf, and his comments on CNN’s “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer.” Fox reported on his comments on “FOX News.”

CNN’s article is more anti-war with the headline “Musharraf: Iraq war has made world 'less safe'.” The opening sentence was:

The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was a mistake that has made the world a more dangerous place, but a swift withdrawal would make matters worse, Pakistan's president said this weekend.

Later in the article they added this statement:

After the interview, a Pakistani government spokesman called CNN to say that Musharraf did not intend to be categorical in his assertion that Bush had erred in invading Iraq.

Fox’s article is mostly about Pakistan’s involvement in finding bin Laden and fighting Al Qaeda. Their headline was, “Musharraf: Pakistan Withdrawal Was 'Tactical'.” As close as the article got to criticizing Bush was this statement later in the article:

Musharraf tempered his words about the U.S.-led war in Iraq, which he was vehemently outspoken against before the invasion. "The situation is not really good, but the direction that we've taken I think is correct," he said. "To have elections and bring a politically acceptable government in Iraq."

Maybe of interest: CNN uses the term “Gen. Pervez Musharraf” and then only refers to him by his last name after that. Fox says “President Gen. Pervez Musharraf” and also uses his last name only, except in one case they refer to him as the “Pakistani president.”

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