Saturday, February 05, 2005

Budget Preview

On Friday, CNN and Fox ran identical AP stories on Bush’s upcoming budget proposal. Here is the first sentence in the articles:


President Bush will propose squeezing substantial savings next year from domestic programs, giving them less than the 2.3 percent increase they would need to keep pace with inflation, the White House budget director has said.


Even though the budget articles are identical, the headlines that each chose show different perspectives (biases?). CNN’s headline focuses the reader on cuts in domestic spending whereas Fox makes it sound positive by saying that the domestic spending will be kept in check. Here are the articles:


CNN: Bush plan cuts domestic programs
Fox: Budget to keep domestic spending in check


Both news sources have published other budget stories yesterday and today. Doing a search for “budget” found the following stories at each site, including the articles noted above. CNN’s focus is on domestic cuts for both of their articles. Fox’s focus is more positive overall. Most of these articles at both sites are from the AP so they are each making choices to run some and not others. Getting your news from just one source may limit your perspective and understanding.

CNN:
Dramatic cuts part of Bush budget (02.05.2005)
President Bush's budget will propose slashing grants to local law enforcement agencies and cutting spending for environmental protection, American Indian schools and home-heating aid for the poor, The Associated Press learned Saturday.
Bush plan cuts domestic programs (02.04.2005)
President Bush will propose squeezing substantial savings next year from domestic programs, giving them less than the 2.3 percent increase they would need to keep pace with inflation, the White House budget director has said.


Fox:
Deficit Puts Pressure on Bush's Budget - Saturday, February 05, 2005 - WASHINGTON — President Bush (search) wants Congress to slow defense growth and slice aid to farmers and college students, testaments...
Bush Asks Congress for $419.3B for Defense - Friday, February 04, 2005 - WASHINGTON — President Bush (search) will ask Congress for $419.3 billion for the Pentagon (search) for next year, 4.8 percent more...
Budget to Raise College Loan Limits - Friday, February 04, 2005 - WASHINGTON — To get larger college grants (search) to poor students, the Bush administration wants to shrink guaranteed aid to banks...
Bush Budget to Be Rolled Out Monday - Friday, February 04, 2005 - WASHINGTON — President Bush is promising the most tightfisted budget (search) of his presidency, one that would slash or kill 150...

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