Sunday, March 04, 2007

Clinton vs. Obama: CNN and Fox taking sides?

Presidential rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama each made appearances in Selma, AL today. FoxNews.com ran an AP story and CNN.com ran their own story. Fox appeared to favor Obama a bit and CNN seemed to favor Clinton when the two articles are compared. Here are a few things I noticed:

1. CNN says "After their speeches, Obama and Clinton greeted each other at a rally re-enacting part of the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge." Fox, however, in the AP story, credits Obama with the initiative with "Obama, who shed his coat and tie for the march, approached Clinton at one point and the two chatted for a few seconds before moving back to opposite sides of the street."

2. CNN credits Clinton with mentioning Obama but later adds "Obama did not mention Sen. Clinton in his remarks at Brown Chapel A.M.E." However Fox notes "Despite the intense rivalry between their campaigns, the two praised each other. " Fox gives quotes from both.

3. CNN and Fox both devote about the same percentage of their articles to what Obama said (about one-third). CNN's article had about 25% of its article about Clinton's comments whereas Fox only had about 18%.

4. This may be subtle but Fox uses Obama's last name in the headline but uses Clinton's first name. CNN uses last names for both. Is Fox distinguishing between Hillary and Bill or are they being disrespectful by being less formal?

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