Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Bush's Speech: 24 Hours Later

This is a follow-up to yesterday’s post which was about CNN’s and Fox’s articles about Bush’s speech. These articles were posted immediately after and significant differences due to biases were noted. Today, 24 hours after the speech, I clicked on the same links to those articles and found that each had been changed and updated. The biases jump out even stronger to me. Here are some examples:

In terms of reaction to the speech, CNN devotes 28.1% of its article to direct opposing reaction from Senators Biden and Kerry, and a political analyst David Gergen. Fox devotes 18.9% to opposing reaction from Representatives Pelosi and Wexler, Bill Dobbs (spokesman United for Peace and Justice), Senator Schumer, and former Democratic presidential candidate General Clark.

Fox’s article is longer and noted many things from Bush’s speech that CNN did not. Here are four examples:

Personal touch: “Earlier in the day, Bush set aside nearly three hours to meet families of soldiers who had died, as he usually does when he visits military bases.”

International support: “The president also gave credit to the international community for its support. Forty countries and three international organizations had pledged $34 billion in assistance for Iraqi reconstruction, Bush said. Meanwhile, 30 nations had troops in Iraq and others were contributing non-military assistance; the United Nations was helping Iraqis write a constitution for the next elections; and donor countries were to meet in Jordan next month to pledge support toward Iraqi reconstruction, following a similar summit in Brussels last week. Bush said hundreds of foreign fighters from Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and other nations had been killed or captured. More than 2,000 Iraqi security forces had died in the effort.”

Supporting the Troops: “…Bush encouraged Americans to show their support for the military by flying the flag on the Fourth of July, sending letters to military members and helping military families.”

Recruiting: He also announced a new Department of Defense Web site: AmericaSupportsYou.mil. Bush urged young people who might be interested in a military career to look into enlisting. The Defense Department has said it expects a shortfall in enlistments for the first time in six years. "There is no higher calling than service in our Armed Forces," Bush said. "We live in freedom because every generation has produced patriots willing to serve a cause greater than themselves." "Those who serve today are taking their rightful place among the greatest generations that have worn our nation's uniform," he added.

Links to the articles:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/06/28/bush.speech/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,160958,00.html

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