Monday, April 11, 2005

Bolton, Part 2

CNN and Fox ran stories of John Bolton’s first day before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Fox’s article was longer and more information, both pro and con. But, both articles had the same basic facts. There are just a few subtle differences indicating that CNN is more against Bolton, or that Fox is more pro-Bolton. First of all, the headlines are different. Fox has a more positive statement with the headline of “Bolton pledges to 'work with all'.” CNN’s article is an AP article with the more matter-of-fact headline of “U.N. nominee faces Senate panel.” There some interesting differences in the first sentences which are basically the same except that CNN calls Bolton a “blunt diplomat” (true statement but are they emphasizing what some see as a negative quality?) and CNN adds this: “… is opposed by most Democrats and a chunk of the foreign policy establishment.” Opposition is not mentioned in Fox’s opener. Here are the sentences:

CNN: John R. Bolton, a blunt diplomat whose nomination as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. is opposed by most Democrats and a chunk of the foreign policy establishment, pledged Monday to help strengthen a world body that has occasionally "gone off track."

FOX: President Bush's pick to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations pledged Monday to "work with all" to build a stronger and more effective world body, which he said has sometimes gone "off track."

Links to the articles:,2933,153054,00.html

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