Thursday, March 17, 2005

ANWR Oil Drilling

CNN and Fox ran different but similar AP stories on the Senate voting to okay drilling in the Alaska’s ANWR wildlife refuge. The opening sentences clearly show biased perspectives while reporting the same event. Fox is more administration-friendly while CNN takes more of an environmental perspective. CNN notes in the first sentence that the Senate “voted to open the ecologically rich Alaska wildlife refuge.” Fox simply says, “oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge” without highlighting the area as “ecologically rich.” CNN states that the Senate delivered “a major energy policy win for President Bush.” Fox embellishes that a little by saying it was a “major victory for President George W. Bush and a stinging defeat for environmentalists who have fought the idea for decades.”

Both articles make similar points with some different facts in each, both pro and anti drilling. However, I find it interesting that CNN quotes two Democratic senators, Kerry (D-MA) and Cantwell (D-WA), while Fox quotes neither of these.

Links to the articles:,2933,150628,00.html

For other posts on this issue see the following:

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