Thursday, October 06, 2005

Pres. Bush, Iraq, Terrorism

President Bush talked of terrorism and the war in Iraq. CNN and Fox News ran their own stories and there are many indicators of political bias as the two articles are compared. Here are three specific examples:

1. Headlines: CNN’s is more neutral with “Bush: Iraq crucial in war on terror” as compared with Fox News’ headline touting victory with “Bush: Iraq Will Be Cleared of Terrorists 'City by City'.”

2. Opening sentences: Look at the differences below in the opening phrases with CNN noting the decline in public approval with Fox emphasizing Bush’s plan to win. CNN also uses the phrase “Iraq war” while Fox uses a capitalized “War on Terror” emphasizing the larger issue of fighting terrorists and connecting that to Iraq.

CNN: Amid dropping public approval for the Iraq war, …
FOX: Laying out a broad plan to win the War on Terror, …

3. Reaction: CNN gives only one response from a senator, Senate Minority Whip, Dick Durbin (D- IL). Durbin opposed Bush’s comments. Fox also gives an opposing view but it is from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). CNN has no favorable reactions but Fox has a mixed reaction from Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and favorable reactions from Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Senator John Thune (R-SD)

Links to the articles:,2933,171420,00.html

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