Friday, April 01, 2005

WMD Report

On Wednesday I had a post on what CNN and Fox projected would be in the report by the presidential commission looking at WMDs. Today’s post is on their respective articles about the report which was released yesterday and again it seems that CNN is harsher on the administration and Fox more favorable. CNN ran an AP story and Fox ran their own with the AP contributing to it. CNN has a little more emphasis on the negative up front with a headline of “Report: Iraq intelligence ‘dead wrong’.” Fox uses “dead wrong” in its first sentence but not the headline which simply says “Panel: Agencies wrong on Iraq WMD.” The first sentences are almost identical except that CNN’s article says it is a “scathing” report, an adjective not used by Fox.

Many of the facts are the same but Fox’s article is considerable longer. The main difference is that Fox has many reactions to the report, both negative and positive. The positive is front-loaded with comments like:

… the FBI said in a statement. "We are pleased that the commission recognized that we have made progress, and we agree with its judgment that we have more work to do."

"We need more robust collection and more rigorous analysis, and I agree wholeheartedly with the commission's findings on these issues," Goss [CIA Chief Porter Goss ] said in a statement. "We can never become complacent. There is still much to be done as we continue to transform the way the intelligence community does its work."

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said, “this report will serve as another tool to guide our decision-making to better manage risk, enhance our detection capabilities and improve our intelligence analysis. …”

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told reporters that the recommendations concerning the FBI and Justice Department deserve "serious consideration." He said they were good recommendations and that officials would spend the next weeks examining them and seeing "how we can strengthen America."

Gonzales also praised the work FBI Director Robert Mueller has done in reorganizing the FBI. Gonzales recognized that the turf battles between the FBI and CIA as discussed in the report do exist, but said, "we are all committed to protecting America."

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he asked Pentagon officials responsible for intelligence activities to "undertake a systematic review of the commission's recommendations, and make suggestions to me for improvements."

None of these are found in CNN’s article. Fox does have negative reaction from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Links to the articles:,2933,152020,00.html

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