Saturday, February 12, 2005

Kofi Annan and Tony Blair

I have previously noted several other examples of different headlines for the exact same article. The words that are chosen can be an indication of bias and can shape the readers overall perspective. Here is another example. On February 10th, CNN and Fox ran identical AP articles on Tony Blair’s backing of the U.N.’s Kofi Annan. Here is the opening sentence:

British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Thursday strongly endorsed the leadership of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who is under fire over allegations of kickbacks and bribes in the U.N. oil-for-food program.

Fox’s headline includes the scandal when it says, “Blair backs Annan amid scandal.” CNN did not ignore this fact in a similar but sub-heading of, “British leader endorses U.N. chief amid oil-for-food program scandal.” However, CNN’s main headline in nearly double the font size is “Blair supports Annan on U.N. reform.” Fox, in its headline and in continuing coverage on the oil-for-food scandal, seems a little tougher on the U.N. and Annan in particular. CNN, in its main headline wants to focus on U.N. reforms which are mentioned in the 2nd sentence.

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