Monday, January 30, 2006

Aid to Hamas?

With nearly identical headlines, both CNN and Fox had articles today concerning a meeting of the Mideast Quartet (U.S., U.N., Russia, E.U.) about Hamas and whether or not aid will be given to the Palestinians if Hamas does not recognize Israel. CNN ran their own article and Fox ran an AP story. I have always considered the opening sentences critical in setting a perception for the reader. Bias can often be seen in how an article opens. In this case, CNN seems to give credit to the U.N. by quoting Kofi Annan. Fox, which I have shown in previous posts as being much harsher on the U.N., gives credit to the Bush Administration.

CNN—Opening sentences

Fox—Opening sentences

The international community is willing to provide crucial aid to Palestinians if the new Hamas-led government commits to non-violence, recognizes Israel's right to exist and accepts current Mideast peace agreements, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has said.

The Bush administration won support from other would-be Mideast peacemakers Monday in saying a Hamas-led Palestinian government would have to renounce violence and recognize Israel's right to exist in order to receive crucial financial aid.


Links to articles:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/01/30/hamas.funding/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,183238,00.html

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