Sunday, March 20, 2005

Coverage: Radio Address, Civil Rights, War Protests, Illegal Immigrants

I usually compare articles about the same news event. But, when looking at both sites I often notice stories covered by one and not the other. I do not expect each news source to cover only the same events but it is interesting to note sometimes, the choices they make on articles to post. Below are several examples from the last few days and I hope it makes the point of getting news from more than one source.

Radio Address. CNN ran stories Saturday on President Bush’s radio address and the Democratic response by Pennsylvania Governor Rendell. Fox ran the transcript for Bush but made no mention of the Democratic response. Here is a link to CNN’s article:

Democrats slam budget cuts for veterans' services (03.19.2005)
The governor of Pennsylvania on Saturday said the federal government must do a better job helping America's war veterans and criticized proposed budget cuts affecting them.

[***Note: It is now three hours after I posted the above and now Fox does have an article (about 24 hours after the Democratic response was broadcast). The differences between the articles show definite bias. Fox's headline indicates that it is a lone Democrat, Rendell , while CNN's headline indicates the more united front of "Democrats" and uses the stronger term "slam" over Fox's "criticizes." Fox only uses 79 words of direct quotes from Rendell while CNN uses 356 words. Fox’s article also ended on an administration-friendly statement saying, “Overall, the administration has proposed increasing its Veterans Affairs Department budget by 2.7 percent to $70.8 billion.” Here is the link to Fox's article:
Rendell Criticizes National Guard Benefit Cuts - Sunday, March 20, 2005 - While states are spending more to extend benefits to their National Guardsmen called to duty, the Bush administration is reducing benefits, …***]

Commission on Civil Rights. Fox ran the following story that, so far, has not been on CNN’s site:

Ex-Member Questions Rights Panel's Mission - Friday, March 18, 2005 -WASHINGTON — Russell Redenbaugh (search), the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (search) member who unexpectedly resigned this week,...

Iraq War Anniversary. So far, CNN has made more mention of protests and problems on the second anniversary of the war. Both CNN and Fox noted protests in Europe but Fox did not mention protests in the U.S. (maybe Fox will add something later today – I’ll check) but they certainly were in no hurry to note it. Here is CNN’s article:

Thousands of protesters mark Iraq war anniversary (03.19.2005)
Anti-war activists marched in the streets of U.S. cities large and small Saturday, stopping traffic and lying down alongside flag-draped cardboard coffins to mark the second anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.

Illegal Immigrants. Fox ran this five-part exclusive series of stories on issues with regard to illegal immigrants:

Cheap, Illegal Labor Comes at Some Cost - Sunday, March 20, 2005 - LOS ANGELES — This is the last of a five-part series looking at how illegal immigration affects U.S. border security, the criminal,... Education Taxed By Non-English Speaking Kids - Saturday, March 19, 2005 - LOS ANGELES —....L.A. Emergency Rooms Full of Illegal Immigrants - Friday, March 18, 2005 - LOS ANGELES —,...Border States Grapple With Alien Criminals - Thursday, March 17, 2005 - PHOENIX —...Illegal Alien Influx May Compromise Security - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - DOUGLAS, Ariz. — The U.S.-Mexican border is nearly 2,000 miles long. America's determination to keep illegal aliens out is matched...

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