Monday, June 20, 2005

No Up or Down Vote on Bolton Yet

The Senate did not vote on John Bolton to be U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. despite Republican efforts to do so. Biases on the part of CNN and Fox can be found when the articles are compared. Here are two key examples:

1. CNN opened with “Republicans failed ….” whereas Fox News started with “Senate Democrats blocked ….” While both are true, CNN’s statement indicates a failure on the part of Republicans and Fox’s shows the Democrats as being obstructionists.

2. CNN is much more specific on the criticism of Bolton and puts that information at the beginning of the article. CNN has early, consecutive sentences that begin with: “Democrats have charged that Bolton …;” “Opponents also have criticized …;” and “Democrats criticize Bolton ….”

Links to the articles:,2933,160077,00.html

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