Tuesday, December 07, 2004

President Bush's visit to Camp Pendleton

Both covered President Bush’s appearance with the Marines at Camp Pendleton. CNN ran an AP article of 560 words. A little over 60% of the article was about the visit. The rest summarized previous events including: (1) The recent meeting with the Iraqi interim President Ghazi al-Yawer concerning the insurgency and upcoming vote. (2) The May 2003 visit of Bush to “the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln where he declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq under a banner proclaiming ‘Mission Accomplished.’” (3) The total number of U.S. military who have died in the Iraq war.

Fox was more pro-Bush. The headline is “Bush Thanks Troops in California” as opposed to CNN’s neutral “Bush meets with Pendleton Marines.” Fox’s article is larger with 847 words. Over 85% of the article is about the visit and Camp Pendleton. The article had AP contributors and it had the same two sentences on the USS Abraham Lincoln visit in 2003. Fox does not have the total U.S. deaths but it does report that “Camp Pendleton has one of the highest casualty rates in Iraq of any U.S. military base or installation.” It later mentions more than 200 died from Camp Pendelton.

Why did Fox include “Bush Thanks Troops” in its headline? Why did CNN have the total U.S. deaths whereas Fox did not (I have noted this once before in an earlier post)?

Here are the links to the articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/12/07/bush.tuesday.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,140714,00.html

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