Friday, January 21, 2005

SpongeBob SquarePants

I never thought I would have a title like this for a post but an issue was raised about whether or not a video starring SpongeBob SquarePants and other children’s characters promotes homosexuality to children. There was an AP article on it but CNN went with a Reuters article and Fox went with one attributed to NYPOST.com.

CNN’s headline is “Christians issue gay warning on SpongeBob video.” Fox’s headline is “SpongeBob accused of promoting homosexuality.” The articles are similar and present both sides of the issue. However, I noticed an interesting difference.

CNN uses the following terms in describing the groups opposed to the video:

“Christians” [in the headline]
“conservative Christian groups”
“Christian groups”
“the Christian right”
“Christian activist groups” [referring to the American Family Association and Focus on the Family]

Fox’s article never uses the term “Christian.” They twice use the term “conservative groups” which CNN uses once in a sub-headline. Why did CNN use an article which refers to the opposing groups as Christians? While the groups do have Christian beliefs as a foundation, is there bias being shown here by CNN's frequent use of "Christians"? Why did Fox's article not mention Christians?

Links to the articles:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,145046,00.html

http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/01/20/sponge.bob.reut/index.html

1 comment:

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