Saturday, November 05, 2005

Summit of the Americas: Bush, Chavez, and Biases

CNN and Fox News took very different approaches to their respective updates on the Summit of the Americas. Fox is more pro-Bush and CNN focuses more on the anti-Bush sentiment. Here are four key differences which show their biases:

Headlines: CNN’s story is primarily about the protests with the headline “Americas summit protest turns violent.” Fox tries a more positive view of President Bush’s efforts with a headline of “Bush steadfast on free-trade vision.”

Protests: Most of CNN’s article is on the protests whereas Fox’s AP article mentions the protests in only four sentences.

Chavez: Left-leaning, anti-Bush, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is highlighted by CNN with a sub-headline of “Chavez leads protest.” Later CNN says: “…Chavez led a rally against Bush's policies. "Peoples of the Americas are rising once again, saying no to imperialism, saying no to fascism, saying no to intervention -- and saying no to death," Chavez yelled to the cheering crowd.” That is much different than Fox’s statement that “…Chavez has been the most vocal critic of the trade pact and boldly declared that he will see that it's killed. "Here, in Mar del Plata, FTAA will be buried!" Chavez told more than 10,000 protesters gathered just before the summit.” CNN has Chavez leading the protest with the crowd cheering. Fox’s description sounds like he just spoke to the group.

FTAA: Bush is pushing for a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Fox’s article brings out many of the administrations points on why this would be beneficial. While noting that several countries were not onboard with the idea, no counter points against Bush’s proposal are mentioned by Fox. CNN notes that opposition is based on the fact that some countries believe the U.S. will take advantage of them. Fox includes this statement from Mexico President Vicente Fox: “"Anyone who blocks an accord like this is certainly looking out for their own interests and not the interests of others," Fox said. "This majority of countries are advancing toward a good, just and beneficial FTAA."” CNN does not even use "FTAA" in its article.

Links to the articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/11/05/bush.summit/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,174674,00.html

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