Sunday, July 31, 2005

Iraq Was the Reason?

CNN and Fox News vary in their coverage of the 7/21 London bombers and whether or not they were connected with al Qaeda. CNN draws a lot of attention to the fact that one of the bombers says that there were no al Qaeda links. Rather the bombs were “meant to draw attention to anger over the war in Iraq” as CNN notes in a sub-headline. Is CNN trying to make a case for the Iraq War causing some terrorism? Or, is Fox downplaying this fact. CNN has this on its home page which notes that “Iraq was the reason:”


Partial screen shot of CNN home page
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By contrast, Fox News, in an article about the arrests, emphasizes Saudi ties. Its article is headlined “Cops Probe London Suspects' Saudi Ties.” Fox mentions the bombers claim that they were angry with the Iraq War. This was done about 2/3 of the way through the article. CNN mentions no links to Saudi Arabia.

Links to the articles:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/07/31/london.tube/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,164289,00.html

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