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Friday, December 30, 2005

CNN percentage of story devoted to headline askew

CNN has a story with the heading "Inquiry into leak of NSA spying program launched". Then out of a 546 word article CNN devotes 45 words to it where a 24 word paragraph is simply a slightly reworded repeat of the 21 word opening.

The other 500 words address the NSA wiretapping itself with a description of the wiretapping, Bush's defense of it from his speech, and criticism of its use by Democrats and "some Republicans". (Note the attempt at painting the criticism as bi-partisan. It is more bi-polar than bi-partisan).

CNN could have used those 500 words to launch into how revealing national security secrets in the past have put our country in danger. They could have talked about the hypocrisy of Democrats with their "selective outrage syndrom" (SOS). They could have talked about mountain leaks (NSA) and mole-hill leaks (Valerie Plame). They could have talked about the devastation of 9/11 as as reminder of why national security is so important. They could have described some of the known steps that countries such as Israel takes to keep their people safer, yet still terrorists get through.

There are many beneficial things CNN could have used this topic to discuss, yet they chose the path most critical of Bush. Just how do these people state there is no left-wing bias in the media and keep a straight face? What a fun reality TV show it would be to get some of these lefties on a lie-detector machine and ask a few fun questions such as:
  • Is there a left-wing bias in the media?
  • Are you rooting for the US to win the war on terror?
  • Do you really believe Bush is as bad as you claim or do you just want power back?
  • Are lower taxes good for the US economy?
  • Do you really think man is causing global warming or do you just want to hurt the US economy?
  • Is there a God?
Perhaps you can think of other questions for the lefties. Or if you are liberal, what fun questions do you have for those on the right?


  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger eyesallaround said…

    That would make a great show! I also think a cable news show (like CNN, Fox, etc) with a conservative slant would be a HUGE hit. I say FOX is "fair and balanced" because they show both sides. I would love to see a show with people like Laura Ingram, Rush, etc,,, I wouldn't turn the channel!!!

    How about:

    1. Do you really think John Kerry cut off all those heads, burned villages and children, etc, etc, in Vietnam?

    2. Do you really think national healthcare is a good idea, and would you chose it over private health care? Or is this just another one of your lame ideas to grow government?

    3. Do you really think BIG OIL was the reason for Iraq?

    4. Can we do a brain scan and DNA testing on you to determine whether you're in fact of the human species???

    Good post:>)

  • At 4:46 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Eyes, I would love to see a news show completely devoted to the conservative viewpoint without the balancing liberal drivel we have to put up with on Fox.

    Great questions. I am sure on number 3 they would all say yes as a big buzzer goes off. They have to know that one is bunk with the gas prices, but they keep trying to push it on us.

  • At 5:25 PM, Blogger eyesallaround said…

    Me too! Why doesn't someone do it?

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