Saturday, May 28, 2005

Biased Reporting of President Bush at the Naval Academy

President Bush spoke at the Naval Academy graduation but CNN and Fox News each had very different reports. It makes me wonder if they were reporting the same event. CNN focused on Bush’s comments about base closures while FOX emphasized Bush’s policies. It is only at the end of the article that CNN makes this comment directly regarding our efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan without reference to base closures:

CNN: Bush offered thanks for the many he addressed on the same field four years ago -- people who now are serving in difficult military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. He recounted the brave deeds of several by name, and one whose name he said he could not reveal.
"Americans are grateful to have such brave defenders," Bush said. "They are serving our nation with valor and distinction and soon you'll join them."
"You will make America proud," he added.

Contrast the above with Fox’s opening statements:

FOX: The U.S. military is on the offensive in the War on Terror to prevent terrorists from reaching America's shores, President Bush said Friday, adding that 20 years from now, historians will look back on the Iraq war as "America's golden moment."
"We are taking the fight to the enemy abroad so we do not have to face them here at home," Bush said in addressing the 2005 U.S. Naval Academy graduates.
Although what he called "difficult and dangerous work remains" in Iraq, Bush said he wanted to get U.S. troops home as soon as Iraqis could take control of their own country.
"Iraqis are determined and our strategy is clear — we will train Iraqi forces so they can take the fight to their enemy and defend their country. Then our troops can come home with the honor they have earned," Bush said.

After Fox’s opening as noted above, the article does add something on base closures by saying, “The president also addressed the controversial issue of military base closures, saying some closures are necessary in an effort to help transform America's military.” CNN’s article reports that base closures were the main theme of the President’s speech. Fox’s article notes the same base closure information but the main theme is our efforts in the War on Terror. Is CNN purposely making their main point a controversial one? Is Fox purposely supporting and emphasizing the President’s position on the War on Terror? Makes me want to read a transcript of the speech to judge for myself.

Links:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/27/bush.ap/index.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,157853,00.html

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