As expected, the first articles immediately after President Bush’s address show bias on the part of CNN and Fox News. Here are four specific examples:
CNN’s opening sentence starts with “Seeking to turn around sagging public support for the war in
CNN had 300 words of direct quotes from the speech while Fox had 493. Fox’s article was longer but even when you look at percentages, Fox still had more space devoted to direct quotes at 35.7% than CNN at 27.1%.
CNN had 306 words (27.7%) devoted to opposing views by Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry [side note: the comments from Pelosi and Kerry are from earlier in the day, before Bush’s speech]. Fox had 152 words (11.0%) in opposing reaction from Bill Dobbs, spokesman United For Peace and Justice and from New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer.
Both CNN and Fox use their own poll data in their respective articles. Fox used results from a FOX News/Opinion Dynamics poll taken earlier this month to say that “
[Note: This comment is being added 4 hours after I made the post above. Please note that the above analysis applies to the immediate articles that both sites published within a short time of the conclusion of the President's address. I just clicked on the links below and, rather than going to the articles I looked at, the links in both cases took me to updates of the articles. Apparently they use the same url even when they update their reports. Tomorrow I'll analyze their latest versions.]
Links to the articles: