Monday, July 18, 2005

Did UK's Alliance with US Make Them a Terrorist Target?

Both CNN and Fox News ran AP articles with similar headlines concerning a report published by two think tanks that stated that the UK’s alliance with the US in Iraq and Afghanistan put it at risk of terrorist attack.

The opening sentences were almost identical but as can be seen from the highlighted portion below, Fox has a statement that presents the government’s view.

CNN: Britain's close alliance with the United States and involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have left it at particular risk of terrorist attack, according to a report published Monday by two leading think tanks.

FOX: Britain's close alliance with the United States has put it at particular risk of terrorist attack, two leading think tanks said Monday, but a government minister said the nation would not have been safer by staying out of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

CNN does later present the government’s view. Overall, CNN devotes 286 words to the report and 222 words to the UK’s government’s view. Fox’s article contains a lot of information about UK reaction to the attacks and has only 65 words devoted to the report and 145 words for the government’s viewpoint.

Links to the articles:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/07/18/iraq.report.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162792,00.html

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