Friday, February 18, 2005

U.S. and Japan

Concerning upcoming U.S. and Japan talks, Fox News chose to run an AP article while CNN ran its own article. The articles discuss similar issues but CNN’s is nearly twice as long and has more details. One main difference I noticed is that Fox gives Secretary Rice more prominence. Fox’s headline is “Rice sees Japan as close security ally.” CNN’s headline is “U.S., Japan to address China’s growing military.” With Fox, Rice is mentioned in the first sentence and is quoted at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the article. CNN mentions Rice in the second sentence and quotes her about midway through the article. There are longer quotes overall and earlier quotes from State Department spokesman Richard Boucher plus other comments are attributed to a senior State Department official. From the U.S. perspective, Fox’s AP article only quotes Rice. Is CNN downplaying Rice’s role? Is Fox trying to highlight her role?

Links to the articles:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/02/18/us.japan/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,148075,00.html

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