Wednesday, April 18, 2007

CNN vs. Fox: Coverage of the Supreme Court abortion decision

A little over a year ago I described how CNN used the term “late-term” vs. Fox's “partial-birth.” At that time Fox also more graphically described the specific procedures for this type of abortion. CNN seemed to try and downplay the negative aspects of the procedure and devoted more of its article to those in favor of abortion. With the Supreme Court decision today, similar things can be seen of's and's coverage. CNN runs their own article again whereas Fox uses an AP story as they did last time.

CNN's headline does not use “partial-birth” by saying “Justices uphold ban on abortion procedure.” Fox's headline says “Supreme court upholds partial-birth abortion ban act.”

CNN uses “partial-birth" twice: once in giving the name of the bill and once to say it is a term used by abortion foes:

Doctors call this type of late-term abortion an "intact dilation and evacuation." Abortion foes term it a "partial-birth abortion."

CNN never describes the actual procedure. Fox does so graphically by saying:

The procedure at issue involves partially removing the fetus intact from a woman's uterus, then crushing or cutting its skull to complete the abortion.

Link to my previous blog:

Link to the articles:,2933,266724,00.html


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