Sunday, February 20, 2005

al-Zawahiri

Both ran stories about a tape aired on Al-Jazeera of al Qaeda’s number two leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri. CNN’s article is a little harsher pointing out in the headline that al-Zawahiri “lashes U.S. policy.” Fox’s headline for an AP story simply says that “Al-Jazeera airs Al-Zawahiri tape.” CNN’s first sentence includes the quote that U.S. efforts "will end with your defeat, the killing of your sons and the destruction of your economy." Fox’s first sentence has a different tone and ends with “al-Zawahiri denouncing U.S. calls for reform in the region and urging the West to respect the Islamic world.”

While a lot of the information is the same in both articles, Fox’s AP article uses this al-Zawahiri quote twice: "Real security is based on mutual cooperation with the Islamic nation on the basis of mutual respect and the stopping of aggression." CNN refers to “how it [U.S.] deals with Muslims” but does not give the quote that Fox uses. Maybe these differences are minor but do they indicate an underlying bias in either CNN or Fox?

Links to the articles:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/02/20/zawahiri/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,148189,00.html

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