Both had articles on Pres. Bush speaking to anti-abortion demonstrators via phone. CNN’s was an AP article; Fox ran their own but acknowledge that the AP contributed. The headlines show some bias with Fox referring to the demonstrators as being part of a “rally.” CNN refers to them as “protestors.” Subtle maybe, but the choices of words and what to include (or not to include) in an article are indications of bias. Fox’s article is more positive to the anti-abortion demonstrators, or is it that CNN is more negative? Here are some other differences:
* Fox’s opening sentence seems more positive to the anti-abortion cause and refers to “tens of thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators.” CNN gives no numbers of demonstrators.
* CNN mentions that “Norma McCorvey, the woman known as "Jane Roe" in Roe v. Wade, asked the Supreme Court to overturn its 1973 decision.” But CNN did not mention, as Fox did, that McCorvey was there at the demonstration. Fox’s quotes McCorvey.
* CNN’s AP article is shorter at 407 words to Fox’s 708.
* CNN only quotes Bush. Fox quotes Bush and two republican senators who are anti-abortion but also gives an opposing view by quoting the president of the National Organization of Women, Kim Gandy.
* CNN mentions that the day before, “Activists on both sides of the abortion issue marched in demonstrations across the country.” Fox does not mention the demonstrations by either side that were the day before. Note: CNN and Fox had separate stories on those demonstrations yesterday.
* Fox notes that “abortion foes may find their position is growing in popularity” and cites the following from a
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