Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Class-Action Lawsuit Legislation

CNN and Fox both ran nearly identical AP stories on an upcoming vote in Congress on class-action lawsuits. Usually, when both CNN and Fox attribute stories to the Associated Press, the stories are identical. The headlines may be different but I understand that headlines are a prerogative of the publisher. However, occasionally I have noted differences in content for the same AP stories. Maybe someone who knows more about the process can explain this. In this case the differences are in the first two sentences with some of the information in just a different order. But here is the difference in actual words used:

CNN: “Congress is close to passing legislation limiting class-action lawsuits …”

: “Congress is close to making it easier for corporations to dodge many of the class-action lawsuits that businesses say are bankrupting them while rewarding lawyers and doing little to help victims.”

Fox’s opening sentence gives a perspective from the point of view of businesses whereas CNN’s does not. Is this intentional on the part of Fox or CNN? It is difficult to find the original AP stories because the AP web site sends you to other news sources when you do a search. If anyone can shed some light on this I would appreciate it.

Links to the articles:,2933,146841,00.html


Ron Chusid said...

As I've posted here in the past, the idea of CNN vs. Faux is several years out of date in light of CNN's move to the right.

We received new evidence of this in this item from US News--check out the last line:

NBC's Go-To Guy
While Fox News Channel remains the favorite network of Republican lawmakers, NBC's new anchor, Brian Williams, is the one turning GOP heads. Message guru and former MSNBC contributor Frank Luntz says in a confidential memo to Hill leaders that Williams has emerged as the "go-to network anchor" because of his brains and "lack of detectable ideological bias." Luntz credits NBC Executive Producer Steve Capus for "a flawless transition to a new generation of news anchor." Still, Fox and CNN lead the nets when it comes to GOP loyalty.

There's quite a bit of discussion of this after I posted it over at Light Up the Darkness

marcus said...

My point is not so much to try and show that CNN is liberal (or conservative). The point I am trying to show is that there are differences in how these two popular news sources cover stories. The lesson is to get your news from more than one source. CNN may not be as liberal as some would like but I would say that they are to the left of Fox.