CNN ran an AP article on the House passing new drivers license legislation. Fox News ran their own story with credit to the AP for contributing. While the stories are similar, there are some interesting choices of words that would indicate a bias with Fox being more Republian-friendly than CNN’s AP story. Here are two examples from the articles:
* First of all, the headlines are a little different. CNN says, “House OKs uniform drivers license bill.” Fox says, “House OKs tougher driver ID rules.” CNN’s is more passive while Fox’s indicates a tougher stance.
* CNN uses this wording about the vote, “Republicans pushed the measure through on a 261-161 vote despite protests from governors and state motor vehicle departments …” Fox reports the same facts but uses these words: “The bill passed 261-161 with strong Republican backing. Supporters said the legislation will help prevent terrorists from getting legitimate identification.” CNN’s choice of words makes it sound like the Republicans had to push it through and then CNN notes the objections to it. Fox, on the other hand makes it sound like this great protective measure passed thanks to Republican support. [Note: CNN did mention protection from terrorists in the first sentence; I just wanted to focus this on how similar facts are stated differently.]
I believe that these wording differences can make different impressions on the reader.