Sunday, May 01, 2005

U.S. Investigation into Killing of Italian Agent

Fox News ran an AP story and CNN its own story on the U.S. investigation into the killing of an Italian intelligence agent, Nicola Calipari, and wounding of journalist Giuliana Sgrena. The facts in the articles are similar but Fox is a little more favorable to the U.S. point of view. In its first sentence, CNN says “The U.S. military has determined that no disciplinary action should be taken …” In Fox’s opening sentences there is a subtle difference saying “The U.S. Army has cleared American soldiers … and recommended no disciplinary action …” In that statement Fox notes that, in addition to no disciplinary action, the soldiers were cleared. That is a more direct statement about the soldiers’ innocence.

Both quote Brigadier General Vangjel’s statement that it was a “tragic accident” and that “deepest sympathies” were expressed to t he agent’s family. Fox has that as their second sentence whereas it is last in CNN’s article.

CNN has this statement regarding the Italian perspective:

The Italians have disputed the conclusion surrounding the incident that occurred March 4, and the differences with the American report are likely to further strain relations between the two countries.

Fox also has information from the Italian perspective. CNN concludes that the differences “are likely to further strain relations” whereas Fox includes this statement which indicates continued support from the Italian Premier:

Premier Silvio Berlusconi, a staunch U.S. ally, said he intends to speak to President Bush about Calipari's death, the ANSA news agency reported Saturday. He also said "the reasons for our friendship are unquestionable" and the presence of coalition troops in Iraq remained "fundamental to further spread democracy in the world."

Links to the articles:,2933,155131,00.html

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