Sunday, January 16, 2005

Secretary of State and Deputy

Secretary of State and Deputy

Both CNN and Fox News ran identical AP stories about Secretary of State Colin Powell and his deputy Richard Armitage. Here are the first two sentences:

Baring one of Washington's worst-kept secrets, Secretary of State Colin Powell's deputy said he and Powell sometimes went public with their dissenting views to try to influence Bush administration policy. "Differences of opinion are something you as a citizen and I as a citizen should value in your government," Armitage said in an interview with National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" on Thursday. "You really want it."

Fox’s headline was “Armitage: Different Views Need to Be Aired.” The headline emphasizes that it is a good thing to have different views considered.

CNN’s headline was “Armitage, Powell went public to try to sway Bush.” This headline emphasizes the differences between Powell/Armitage and Bush.

Both headlines are taken from the first two sentences and both are true. Fox’s is kinder to the administration. CNN’s not.

Links to the articles:,2933,144431,00.html

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