Saturday, June 18, 2005

U.S. Dues to the U.N. in Jeopardy?

Fox News, as I have noted before (most recently in my previous post), continues to be harder on the U.N. than CNN. This is the case this evening as both reported on the House passing a bill that would withhold U.S. dues from the U.N. unless reforms are adopted by the U.N. Here are three differences that indicate their respective baises.

1. CNN’s opening sentence is very straightforward about the bill but with little reference to past issues while Fox starts with “Culminating years of frustration with the performance and behavior of the United Nations …” CNN uses the term “withhold” in referring to the dues while Fox uses the harsher term “slash.”

2. Fox specifically lists some recent U.N. issues while CNN does not specifically mention any of them directly. Fox’s list includes:

… seating of such human rights abusers as Cuba and Sudan on the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and the Oil-for-Food program that became a source of up to $10 billion in illicit revenue for former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein

… litany of complaints against what they said was the U.N.'s lavish spending, its coddling of rogue regimes, its anti-America, anti-Israel bias and recent scandals such as the mismanagement of the Oil-for-Food program in Iraq and the sexual misconduct of peacekeepers.

3. Both included different information about Kofi Annan. As shown below, CNN talks of Annan’s proposal for “his own extensive reform plan.” It makes Annan seem much more proactive than Fox saying that Annan “expressed support” for a different congressional effort.

CNN: U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has proposed his own extensive reform plan for the 191-nation organization and is seeking to build a consensus for change in time for the annual heads-of-state U.N. gathering in September.

FOX: U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed support earlier this week for another congressional effort to bring about U.N. reform. A task force led by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Republican, and former Senate Majority leader George Mitchell, a Democrat, recommended such changes as …

Links to the articles:,2933,159874,00.html

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