Thursday, January 27, 2005

Condi Rice's First Day

Both covered Condi Rice’s first day as Secretary of State. CNN ran an AP story and Fox ran their own to which AP contributed. The articles are similar. I did notice, however, the different tones of their initial sentences:

CNN: Declaring "history is calling us," Condoleezza Rice took over Thursday as America's 66th secretary of state to confront an agenda laden with difficult and potentially explosive foreign policy problems.

Fox: Condoleezza Rice took over Thursday as America's 66th secretary of state and told her employees that the State Department's top priority will be carrying out President Bush's "bold" foreign policy agenda.

CNN’s introductory sentence speaks to the difficult problems she faces. Fox addresses her support of President Bush’s agenda. On the matter of Iraq, CNN’s second sentence was: “At the top is a war in Iraq that has taken the lives of more than 1,400 U.S. troops.” Fox has a similar sentence but it is placed near the beginning of the second half of the article.

Why did CNN’s AP story stress the challenges up front? What impression does that give the reader? Why did Fox not also go with the AP story; why did they use a lot of the AP information but run their own story?

Links to the articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/01/27/rice.state.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,145547,00.html

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