President Bush spoke today at the Pentagon. CNN ran an AP article and Fox News ran their own with contributions from the AP. The differences in the headlines are subtle. It is my belief that even these subtle biases can make a difference, especially if one reads only one source over time. In this case CNN’s headline is: “Bush: United States must not retreat in Iraq.” The way this is phrased it has Bush on the defensive and it has a negative tone saying that we don’t want to do something bad. Compare that with Fox which had a headline of “Bush: We must show courage against terror.” This is more positive by emphasizing a good quality, courage. It also focuses not on Iraq but on the war on terror; or that Iraq is part of the war on terror. Both headlines are accurate but the perspectives are different.
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