Sunday, October 22, 2006

One US official, two networks

BBC headline: US 'arrogant and stupid' in Iraq BBC quote:
Mr Fernandez, an Arabic speaker who is director of public diplomacy in the state department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, told Qatar-based al-Jazeera that the world was "witnessing failure in Iraq"... "I think there is great room for strong criticism, because without doubt, there was arrogance and stupidity by the United States in Iraq."
CNN headline: U.S. official: History may show U.S. 'stupidity' on Iraq CNN quote:
A senior State Department official told Arab satellite station Al Jazeera on Saturday that there is a strong possibility history will show the United States displayed "arrogance" and "stupidity" in its handling of the Iraq war.
"...without a doubt..." (BBC) Vs "History may show..." (CNN's headline) The question is, what will CNN show? I'm wondering if we're not beginning to see a pattern here with CNN. Recently I posted on CNN's propensity to sensationalize trivia, and how CNN never saw a terror threat it couldn't hype. Over the years, I've watched CNN couch, nuance, and counter criticisms of the Bush administration. But would CNN deliberately distort what someone has actually said? Of course one can't be sure that it wasn't BBC that got the quote wrong. Or perhaps it was just a mistake on CNN's part. But its interesting to see CNN presenting a major news story in such low-key tones -- so often does CNN choose to sensationalize these days.

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