Saturday, July 30, 2005

Bush and Democratic Weekly Radio Addresses

Biases can be seen in coverage of the weekly radio addresses. As usual, Fox posted the transcript of President Bush’s weekly radio address and CNN ran an article about the address but no transcript or link to the transcript. According to the Fox transcript Bush made the following points:

* Key priorities that were acted on by Congress to include bills on class-action reform, bankruptcy reform, funds for the military, patient safety, highways, CAFTA, the Patriot Act, and the energy plan.

* The good news on the economy with unemployment down, jobs up, and the deficit lower than expected.

* Future plans to update us on Iraq and “strengthening the economic security of America's seniors and working families;” improving homeland security and increasing freedom in the world; and the nomination of Judge John Roberts.

CNN briefly notes only CAFTA, the Patriot Act, the energy bill, the economy, and Roberts. CNN also puts in the following opposing views:

* “In the backdrop of the administration’s strides, dissatisfaction is emerging among the public. A Gallup poll released Friday that put the Bush's approval rating at the lowest of his presidency -- 44 percent, with 51 percent disapproving of the job he is doing as president.”

* “Many economists have complained that the deficit will add to the nation's unprecedented debt.”

* “Opponents of the bill, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., contend that CAFTA "was a setback for workers in Central America and it is a job killer in the U.S."”

Often Fox has been slow in posting the Democratic weekly radio response but they were prompt today and included the transcript of Sen. Daniel Inouye’s (D-HI) address. CNN, as with Bush’s address, did not run a transcript but rather an article about the address. CNN had no views opposing Inouye when they had three opposing statements in Bush’s article.

Links to the articles:,2933,164194,00.html,2933,164198,00.html

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