Monday, August 22, 2005

Opposing Camps in Crawford, Texas

I'm still on vacation but finding a little time for a short post:

To counter Cindy Sheehan's anti-war camp in Crawford, Texas, a pro-Bush camp has been set up. CNN and Fox News ran identical AP articles but they chose different headllines and pictures that show their biases.

Fox's headline of “Pro-Bush Camp Sets Up in Crawford” is more positive sounding than CNN's “Bush supporters create opposing camp.”

Fox chose an AP picture with this caption: “Aug 20: Bill Johnson, right, holds a microphone for Gary Qualls of Texas as he addresses supporters at a memorial to his son in Crawford." CNN chose a picture of Bush supporter Gary Qualls but the supporter is getting a hug from Cindy Sheehan. Here is CNN's caption: “Cindy Sheehan hugs Bush supporter Gary Qualls at her camp near Crawford, Texas August 13." Even in showing a Bush supporter, Cindy Sheehan is highlighted and the caption has her taking the initiative in hugging Qualls.

There is one other difference in the articles that may just be different versions of the AP feed. CNN's opening sentence starts with “A pro-Bush camp with a "God Bless Our President!" banner sprung up downtown Saturday...” Fox's opening sentence uses the term patriotic in an otherwise identical sentence: “A patriotic camp with a "God Bless Our President!" banner sprung up downtown Saturday..."

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