Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Oil-for-food Scandal: Galloway's Denial

Both CNN and Fox News ran articles on British Parliament member George Galloway’s denial of allegations by a Senate panel on his involvement in the oil-for-food scandal. I have noted recently that Fox has had a lot of coverage of the U.N.’s oil-for-food scandal compared to very little coverage by CNN (Coverage, or lack thereof, on U.N. Oil-for-Food Scandal). But CNN did cover this denial by Galloway who, in CNN’s words, “is a leading critic of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his alliance with President Bush in the war in Iraq.” The stories are about his angry denial so it makes sense that most of both articles are from his point of view. There is a difference though in the amount of space given by CNN and Fox to Galloway’s perspective compared to the Senate panel’s perspective. When counting the words of sentences containing Galloway’s quotes or paraphrases compared to the total words devoted to this specific story (both articles also included information about others who are alleged to be involved), CNN gives more space to Galloway. CNN had 658 words of a total of 811 words, or 81.1%. Fox had 360 words from Galloway’s perspective out of a total of 558 words, or 64.5%.

Links to the articles:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/05/17/oil.food/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,156803,00.html

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