Tuesday, February 01, 2005

No Filibuster

CNN and Fox ran stories on the democrats deciding not to filibuster Alberto Gonzales’ nomination as attorney general. CNN’s is an AP story; Fox ran their own story to which they give contribution credit to AP. The first sentences are from different perspectives. CNN’s AP story starts from the democratic leader’s position while Fox starts with the republican leader’s confidence in Gonzales’ confirmation:

CNN: Democrats won't try to filibuster Alberto Gonzales' nomination to be attorney general but will hold extensive debates in the Senate over his role in developing the Bush administration's policies on treating foreign detainees, the Senate's top Democrat said Tuesday.

Fox: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist appeared confident Tuesday that Alberto Gonzales would be confirmed as attorney general, even as Democrats huddled over the fate of President Bush's nominee.

Fox’s story was longer and included information from an anonymous democratic aide saying that Senators Kennedy and Durbin wanted to urge the caucus to filibuster. But there were also statements saying that it did not come up during the caucus.

Why did Fox decide not to run with the AP story but do their own? Why did CNN not include some of the information that Fox did? Why did they start with different party leaders? What biases were behind those choices, even if unintentional?




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