Just a quick note for today's post. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was questioned by investigators as part of the oil-for-food scandal. The articles differed but a lot of the basic facts were the same. CNN goes into more detail about the potential connections with Annan’s son. Fox’s AP story goes into more detail about past reports on Saddam’s involvement. While the actual headlines for their articles were similar, their links to the articles from their respective home pages were different.
CNN: Oil-for-food panel quizzes Annan
Fox: Annan grilled on oil-for-food
Fox’s link uses the stronger “grilled” as opposed to CNN’s “quizzes.” “Grilled” gives the impression that Annan was really on the hot seat. “Quizzes” is more like he was just questioned. Although subtle, perhaps, do these words affect the perception of the reader?
Links to the articles: