Monday, November 21, 2005

Cheney and Murtha

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Lots of bias, for sure, in articles about Vice President Dick Cheney’s defense of the administration’s Iraq policy in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute.

First of all, CNN makes Cheney sound like an apologist in opening its article with: “Vice President Dick Cheney continued the Bush administration's efforts Monday to pull back on attacks against a decorated war veteran who called for the near-term withdrawal of U.S. troops in Iraq.” The link on the CNN home page was “Cheney continues retreat on Murtha criticism.” Fox News makes a similar point but it is more matter-of-factly mentioned in the middle of its article. Fox’s home page link to the story was “Cheney defends Iraq war.”

CNN’s article was 984 words long, Fox’s was 1,212 words. Counting the words in direct quotes, CNN has 17.9% of its article devoted to Cheney’s quotes while Fox is higher at 23.7%.

CNN had 48.2% (by word count) of its article devoted to criticism of Cheney and the administration. Fox was lower with 36.5% of its words for criticism.

CNN included a link for “Read more on Wilkerson's comments about Cheney providing torture "guidance".” [“Wilkerson” is Larry Wilkerson, former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff.]

Links to the articles:,2933,176235,00.html

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