Friday, March 04, 2005

Coverage: US/UN/Abortion, Iraq, Togo, Scandal, Gay Nups, Redistricting

The main purpose for my blog is to compare articles of the same event as covered by CNN and Fox News. However, occasionally I look at what stories are covered by one and not the other. Today I am showing some examples from the last couple of weeks. I think most people know that they should get their news from more than one source. If you know someone who doesn’t believe or practice that, you might want to point out these examples. I know that news sources cannot cover all of the news. There is a lot out there and we would be overwhelmed by it all. However, I have tried to pick out some interesting stories that were picked or not picked by CNN or Fox through, perhaps, some political bias. No one is “fair and balanced.” The more you read the more balanced the information that you have.

Fox had these two stories on the U.S. wanting the U.N. to make clear that there is no international right to abortion. These are both AP stories that Fox chose to run and CNN did not. The later story may still be run by CNN since that just came out but, even so, CNN-only readers would not have known the issue was even going on.

U.S. Drops Anti-Abortion Demand - Friday, March 04, 2005 - UNITED NATIONS — Under intense global pressure, the United States dropped its demand that a new U.N. (search) declaration on women's...

U.S. to U.N.: Abortion Not a Human Right - Monday, February 28, 2005 - UNITED NATIONS — Ten years after a landmark U.N. conference adopted a platform aimed at global equality for women, the United States...

Fox ran this AP story on Tuesday and it has not been picked up by CNN. Here is the opening sentence: “Thousands of mostly black-clad Iraqis protested Tuesday outside a medical clinic where a car bomber killed 125 people a day earlier, braving the threat of another attack as they waved clenched fists, condemned foreign fighters and chanted "No to terrorism!"”

Crowd Protests Terrorism in Iraq - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - HILLAH, Iraq — Thousands of mostly black-clad Iraqis protested Tuesday outside a medical clinic where a car bomber killed 125 people a...

On February 5th, the president of Togo died. He was the longest-ruling leader in Africa and the transition to a new leader has been problematic. A search of both web sites shows Fox only running three articles after the 5th. CNN has had continual coverage with 19 articles during that same time period.

A search on CNN’s site shows that their last oil-for-food scandal article was on February 23rd. Fox has run these additional stories since then:

Marc Rich Denies Strong Tie to Oil-for-Food - Thursday, March 03, 2005 - NEW YORK — Billionaire fugitive financer Marc Rich (search) has declared to congressional investigators probing the Oil-for-Food...

U.N. Responds to Oil-for-Food Special - Wednesday, March 02, 2005 - NEW YORK — The United Nations (search) has sent a letter to FOX News in response to the special Breaking Point investigation, "United..

Annan's #2 Blocks Oil-for-Food Scrutiny - Wednesday, March 02, 2005 - UNITED NATIONS — With U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (search) next up for review by Paul Volcker’s inquiry into the...

In the last week, Fox has covered these two state issues on same-sex marriage. Fox did not cover either.

Va. Gen. Assembly Approves Gay Nups Ban - Sunday, February 27, 2005 - RICHMOND, Va. — A proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage (search) in Virginia easily won final approval Saturday by...

Civil-Union Bill Moves Through Conn. Legislature - Friday, February 25, 2005 - HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut's legislature moved closer to legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples, as a key panel approved a...

Fox ran this story earlier this week which CNN has not:

Redistricting in Georgia Miffs Democrats - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 - ATLANTA — After being out of power for decades, the new Republican majority in both houses of Georgia's Legislature (search) is...

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