Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Interviews with Pres. Bush

Interviews with Pres. Bush

President Bush did a pre-inaugural interview with CNN’s John King and also with Fox News’ Jim Angle. There are differences in the subsequent articles as one might expect. I found CNN to be a little more negative towards Bush and Fox to be more positive. Here are the headlines:

CNN: “Bush: Better human intelligence needed;” there was also a smaller sub-headline which read “President admits U.S. image problem in Muslim world.”

Fox: “Bush: U.S. will try to spread democracy.”

CNN’s headline points out problems that need to be addressed while Fox’s headline states a goal of the president. This can be seen in the opening sentences as well:

CNN: “President Bush said Tuesday that the United States needs better intelligence gathering to further gains in the so-called global war on terrorism.”

Fox: “Voters in America re-elected President Bush in spite of troubles in Iraq because they understand the American objective to establish democracy around the world, Bush told FOX News on Tuesday.”

I am curious about CNN’s use, in its opening sentence, of the term “so-called global war on terrorism.” Why “so-called”? Is that because it is not a formally declared war? Maybe the term is not that important but maybe it does indicate a CNN bias. One of the main points of my blog is to get your news through multiple sources. Just reading CNN or Fox will not give you the complete picture.

Links to the articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/ALLPOLITICS/01/18/bush.intelligence/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,144804,00.html

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