Monday, May 30, 2005

Vice President Cheney and Amnesty International

Both ran articles about Vice President Cheney’s comments on “Larry King Live” concerning the Amnesty International report the was very critical of the U.S.’s treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. CNN’s article devoted 53% of its space (by word count) to direct or indirect quotes by Cheney. Fox had 43.5%. Those numbers are at least in the same ballpark compared to the amount of space each gave to Amnesty International’s viewpoint: CNN had 36% to Fox’s 9%. Was CNN overdoing it against the administration by including already reported information from Amnesty International? Why did Fox not include Amnesty International’s reaction to Cheney’s comments?

Both articles include this quote by Cheney: “But if you trace those back, in nearly every case, it turns out to come from somebody who has been inside and been released ... to their home country and now are peddling lies about how they were treated.” Fox adds this comment (not from Cheney) that CNN does not include: “Some of the scores of prisoners who have been released from Guantanamo have said they were mistreated, while others have said they were not.”

Links to the articles:,2933,158089,00.html

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