Sunday, December 12, 2004

President Bush's Physical

Fox ran an AP story Saturday on President Bush’s physical. CNN ran the same AP article on Sunday. The wording is exactly the same in both articles. This is the first sentence:

President Bush was found in good health and pronounced "fit for duty" after an annual physical Saturday that also showed that the 58-year-old chief executive is now, as he rather sheepishly conceded, "a little overweight."

Given that lead sentence, Fox chose a positive headline of “Doctors: Bush 'Fit for Duty'.” CNN chose to use a headline that emphasizes some negative: “'A little overweight,' Bush admits.”

The article links:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/12/12/bush.physical.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,141235,00.html

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