Monday, March 28, 2005

U.S. State Department's Human Rights Report

CNN and Fox both ran an article today on a Human Rights report issued by the State Department. Their articles show clear bias. CNN ran an AP story while Fox ran their own (with contributions from the AP). CNN’s opening focuses on the report’s criticism of Pakistan and China and notes in the first sentence that this follows U.S. decisions to “arm Pakistan with jet fighters and to avoid a showdown with China on the way it treats its people.” Fox’s opening is quite different with these first two sentences: “From the first moments of his second term, President Bush has talked about spreading democracy. On Monday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice unveiled the U.S. annual report on what the government is doing about it.”

For overall comments about the report here is how each quoted Rice. Fox’s seems to be a stronger quote using the phrase “moral choice between oppression and freedom” and it ties in to Bush’s agenda of spreading freedom.

CNN: … Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who praised the Bush administration as being "on the right side of freedom's divide." “We have an obligation to help those who are unlucky enough to have been born on the wrong side of that divide," she said.

FOX: "Freedom's work has most assuredly just begun. In all that lies ahead, our nation will continue to clarify for other nations the moral choice between oppression and freedom," Rice told reporters.

CNN had this statement but this was not noted in Fox’s article:

The United States, meanwhile, has come under criticism for abuses committed against terror suspects at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo, Cuba, and has transferred some prisoners and released others.

Links to the articles:,2933,151716,00.html

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