Thursday, January 20, 2005

Inauguration Day

Of course CNN and Fox ran articles on the inauguration. Both were similar, talking about the events of the day, interspersed with comments from the President’s inaugural address. The stories are similar, with relatively minor differences, including information about protesters near the end of each article. Here are a couple of differences though:

* CNN has a subsection with the heading “Bearing the costs.” Fox does not mention costs.

* CNN notes that Bush never mentions Iraq by name.

* Fox has more direct quotes from Bush but its article is longer. Both devote about 19% (using word counts) to direct Bush quotes. But Fox devoted more space overall covering the story with 1572 words whereas CNN used 1043.

* Both chose mostly different quotes. If you want the details you can see them in the table below. The words in red are quoted in both articles. Fox also included the words of the oath (not included below).


… outlining in his inaugural address a U.S. policy "with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."

Bush called on the "force of human freedom" to "break the reign of hatred" and "expose the pretensions of tyrants" in the world.

Bush indirectly referred to the Iraq war, saying that "because we have acted in the great liberating tradition of this nation, tens of millions have achieved their freedom. And as hope kindles hope, millions more will find it."

"We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world," Bush said.

"So it is the policy of the United States," he said, "to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."

He called for Americans to "look after a neighbor and surround the lost with love," and to abandon racism and bigotry.

"We have known divisions, which must be healed to move forward in great purposes -- and I will strive in good faith to heal them," Bush said.

"Yet those divisions do not define America. We felt the unity and fellowship of our nation when freedom came under attack, and our response came like a single hand over a single heart."

Fox News

… pledging to spread freedom to "break the reign of hatred and resentment."

"In a world moving toward liberty, we are determined to show the meaning and promise of liberty," he said. "No one is fit to be a master and no one deserves to be a slave."

Bush spoke to the higher calling of the United States — to help the "peoples of the world who now live in tyranny and hopelessness. "The United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you," he said.

Bush also said efforts to help other nations achieve liberty need not always involve the use of weapons, but added that it was his first duty to defend the United States. He said the United States must live up to the pledges it seeks from others. "We cannot carry the message of freedom and the baggage of bigotry at the same time," he said.

Bush also asked America's youth to invest in the ideals of American democracy. "You have seen duty and allegiance in the determined faces of our soldiers. You have seen that life is fragile, and evil is real, and courage triumphs. Make the choice to serve in a cause larger than your wants, larger than yourself — and in your days you will add not just to the wealth of our country, but to its character," he said …

Bush also asked the American public, which divided so starkly during the election, to put aside differences that would prevent the United States from moving forward in achieving great purposes. He invoked the unity experienced by the nation after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks as an objective to seek. "We felt the unity and fellowship of our nation when freedom came under attack, and our response came like a single hand over a single heart. And we can feel that same unity and pride whenever America acts for good, and the victims of disaster are given hope, and the unjust encounter justice, and the captives are set free," he said.

Bush expressed confidence in the eventual spread of freedom "because freedom is the permanent hope of mankind, the hunger in dark places, the longing of the soul. "America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world, and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength, tested but not weary, we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom," he said.

Links to the articles:,2933,144922,00.html

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