Thursday, June 02, 2005

Howard Dean and the Campaign for America's Future

Both reported on speeches made at the annual meeting of the Campaign for America's Future, an organization of liberal activists. Fox News devotes most if its article to John Edwards’ speech with Howard Dean’s speech mentioned at the end of the article. CNN’s AP article highlights Dean only. [Note: Dean spoke before Edwards did so it could be that there may be more coming later from CNN on Edwards.] The point here is that choices made so far indicate that Fox is not highlighting Dean as much as is CNN. Both articles use this quote as an opposing viewpoint from the Republicans:

"Howard Dean's diatribe today illustrates that the Democrat Party not only lacks leadership but is overflowing with anger," said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt. "Dean's priority is to generate mudslinging headlines rather than engage in substantive debate."

CNN follows that quote with what appears to be substantive debate starting with, “Dean told the activists that it was important for Democrats to outline what they would do if they were in charge and not just criticize the Bush administration.” Fox closes its article with the Schmitt quote with nothing following it.

Links to the articles:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/06/02/progressives.conference.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,158432,00.html

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