CNN and Fox News reported on a hearing today on
1. CNN’s third and fourth sentences mention falling public support for the war in
2. CNN ends its article on a sour note: “"People are beginning to question. And I don't think it's a blip on the radar screen. We have a chronic problem on our hands," Graham [R-SC] said.” Fox also noted Senator Graham’s concerns but the article ends on an upbeat note from an interview with Rick Davis, a former campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, R-AZ: “"I think [terrorists] are encouraged by public opinion that says [Americans] don't see the war as popular, but I also think they see what's going on on the ground, which is no let up in this protracted war. We're in to win and we're going to do what we have to" to make it so.”
3. I looked at each article and pulled out positive statements about the war’s progress. Fox had a longer article and they also had more things positive to say about the war effort, or in defense of it.
He [Rumsfeld] said that “terrorists who in recent months have suffered significant losses and casualties, been denied havens and suffered weakened popular support.”
“Rumsfeld told the Senate panel Thursday that the Iraqi government and security forces have made great strides …”
“He [General John Abizaid] testified that he was encouraged by the progress in
"First, let me [Rumsfeld] say there isn't a person at this table who agrees that we're in a quagmire and there isn't an end in sight. "The presentations today have been very clear. They've been forthright. The suggestion by you that people like me or others are painting a rosy picture is false."
Gen. George Casey, the top commander in
"To be sure they're not like
Committee Chairman John Warner, R-Va., praised President Bush for "steady and unflinching resolve."
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