Monday, July 04, 2005

Different Coverage of the U.N.

I have documented before how CNN typically has more positive coverage of the United Nations compared with Fox News. If you had two readers, one who read only and the other read only, they would have very different perspectives on the U.N. and its value. I decided to take a look at the last two weeks of coverage, June 20th through July 3rd. I searched using “United Nations” and then pulled out all of the articles that were primarily about the U.N.; i.e., “U.N.” was in the headline. I did not include articles on John Bolton. The articles are listed in the table below. I divide them into two groups, one on scandals and other issues with the U.N. and the second on peace-keeping and other related activities. For scandals/problems, CNN had two articles whereas Fox News had ten. It was almost exactly reversed for the peace-keeping and humanitarian work with CNN having seven articles and Fox only two.




Scandals and problems.

Although CNN’s 6/29 article is about oil-for food, it highlights Annan’s cooperation.

Although Fox’s 6/27 article is about the U.N.’s anniversary, notice the “but” which leads into issues at the U.N.

CNN did not cover the Yakovlev resignation.

Annan to show oil-for-food notes (06.29.2005)
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan intends to turn over notes of closed-door Security Council meetings related to sanctions on Iraq in the years before the 2003 invasion to the oil-for-food inquiry run by Paul Volcker, Annan told council members Wednesday.

House threatens to withhold U.N. dues (06.20.2005)
The House of Representatives has approved a measure that would withhold dues from the United Nations unless the world body adopts dozens of reforms.

Kofi Annan's Delusions of Grandeur - Sunday, July 03, 2005 - There has rarely been a more outrageous piece of political grandstanding....

Annan: Oil-for-Food Probe Wants More Money - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Kofi Annan (search) told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the committee probing claims...

World Leaders Mark U.N.'s 60th Anniversary - Monday, June 27, 2005 - SAN FRANCISCO — Dozens of international leaders celebrated the 60th anniversary of the United Nations (search)' birth, but warned that...

Yakovlev Key Figure in U.N. Renovation Contract - Thursday, June 23, 2005 - UNITED NATIONS — Alexander Yakovlev (search), the U.N. employee who resigned Tuesday following a FOX News investigation into his...

U.N. Procurement Official Resigns Job - Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. procurement official who has been at the center of a FOX News investigation into a possible conflict of...

Docs: U.N. Security Council Divisions Thwarted Crackdown on Saddam - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council had detailed knowledge of how Saddam Hussein (search) was violating U.N. sanctions, but was... U.N. to Investigate Yakovlev Case - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations' Monday announcement that it will look into whether a longtime official violated...

House Cleaning at the U.N. - Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - Congress voted last week to hold back 50 percent of funding for the U.N. if it doesn’t clean up its act. But even a little bit of...

'The U.N. Is a Broken Institution' - Monday, June 20, 2005 - This is a partial transcript of "Special Report With Brit Hume," June 17, 2005, that has been edited for clarity....

U.N. Family Ties: Is There a Replay of the Kofi and Kojo Annan Scandal? - Monday, June 20, 2005 - UNITED NATIONS — Oil-for-Food is the biggest scandal ever to hit the United Nations (search), but it is just one of many scandals...

Peace-keeping and other efforts.

Fox only covers Gitmo. Fox has no articles on the U.N.’s efforts in other countries.

U.N.: Two shot dead in Congo protests (06.30.2005)
Security forces shot dead at least two demonstrators in Congo's capital on Thursday as thousands demonstrated to demand the government's resignation over delayed elections, a U.N. official said.

U.N. appeals for Kenya food aid (06.28.2005)
The United Nations' World Food Program (WFP) appealed Tuesday for $6.7 million to feed nearly a quarter of a million Sudanese and Somali refugees living in camps in Kenya.

U.N. envoy waiting for Mugabe (06.27.2005)
A United Nations envoy was waiting Monday for a meeting with President Robert Mugabe before touring shantytowns and markets destroyed under a so-called urban renewal campaign that has displaced hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans.

U.N. sets tsunami housing target (06.26.2005)
As the world marks the six-month anniversary of the devastating December 26 tsunami in Asia, the United Nations says hundreds of thousands of people left homeless in Indonesia will be moved to semi-permanent or permanent houses in two years.

U.N. experts blast U.S. on Guantanamo (06.24.2005)
Four U.N. human rights experts criticized the U.S. government Thursday for failing to answer a January 2004 request to allow them to visit the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, citing allegations of torture against detainees.

U.N. to bolster Haiti force (06.22.2005)
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to add 1,000 soldiers and police to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti ahead of planned elections in October.

U.N.: Niger, Mali at risk of famine (06.22.2005)
Millions of people on the southern fringe of the Sahara desert face severe food shortages unless donors come up with enough cash to help see them through the next three months, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

U.N. Probing U.S. Detention Facilities - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - VIENNA, Austria — U.N. human rights experts have begun an investigation into U.S. detention facilities for terrorist suspects and...

U.N. Asks to Check Conditions at Gitmo - Thursday, June 23, 2005 - GENEVA — U.N. human rights investigators, citing "persistent and credible" reports of torture at the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay...

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