Sunday, February 27, 2005

Golden Raspberry Awards; Bush in Fahrenheit 9/11

Seems to be some political bias in the coverage of the Razzie Awards, the annual pre-Oscar razzing of bad actors/actresses and movies. CNN ran a Reuters story with the headline “President, Catwoman win Razzies.” Predominant in the article is the Bush administration from the movie Fahrenheit 9/11. Of 14 sentences in the article, seven were about Bush, Rumsfeld, or Rice. Fox News ran an AP story with the president not mentioned in its headline: “Halle Berry ‘wins’ another award.” Fox notes Bush as a “winner” but only after mentioning his election victory: “George W. Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger won elections. Now they've won Razzies.” Rumsfeld is mentioned but not Rice.

Here are statements from each article with regard to Bush and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. Fox’s article more clearly shows the Razzie founder's political bias:

CNN: John Wilson, founder of the nonprofit Golden Raspberry Award Foundation that gives out "Hollywood's least coveted trophies" on the eve of the Oscars ceremony, said Moore's anti-Bush documentary allowed the foundation's nearly 700 members to do some Bush bashing of their own.

FOX: Razzies founder John Wilson said the prizes were not meant to mock Moore's film, only the statements Bush and the others make while "putting their highly paid, highly skilled feet in their mouths repeatedly and sucking on them."

Links to the articles:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/26/oscars.razzies.reut/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,148855,00.html

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