Friday, January 28, 2005

Headlines

Sometimes CNN and Fox both run identical AP stories. However, they choose different headlines. I believe headlines can be important for two reasons: (1) sometimes that is all that some people read; and (2) the headline can shape the reader’s perspective as the article is read. Here are some recent examples of different headlines for the same article:

CNN: Kerry plugs his health care plan

Fox: Kerry Takes Aim at Bush Health Care Plans
CNN is seemingly more positive to Kerry while Fox views it as an attack on Bush’s plans.

[http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/01/27/kerry.healthcare.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,145603,00.html]

CNN: Kennedy calls for Iraq withdrawal

Fox: Kennedy wants pullout timeline
CNN emphasizes Kennedy wanting withdrawal while Fox is looking for just a timeline for withdrawal. CNN’s “calls” is stronger than Fox’s “wants.”

[http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/01/27/kennedy.iraq.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,145565,00.html]

CNN: Democrats jockey to lead party

Fox: Dems battle for “anti-Dean” role
CNN has them “jockeying” which sounds less combative than Fox’s “battling” (although battling is in the first sentence of the AP article).

[http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/01/28/democrats.chair.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,145665,00.html]

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