Sunday, December 17, 2006

Media Matters Latest, December 17, 2006

The devil is in the captions: CNN graphics question absence of Dem Iraq plan, but not Bush's postponement
A series of graphics used by CNN on December 14 illustrates the markedly different reception CNN gave to, on one hand, the Bush administration's decision to delay the release of a revised strategy for Iraq until the new year and, on the other, a press conference in which incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced the Democrats' agenda for the first 100 legislative hours in the new congressional session. Graphics appearing during CNN's reporting on President Bush's consideration -- and postponement -- of a revised strategy raised no questions about the delay. On the other hand, in coverage of the Democrats' legislative agenda for the "first 100 hours," CNN repeatedly aired graphics questioning the absence in that agenda of a plan for Iraq -- even though the plan for the first 100 legislative hours has remained the same since late October. Read more

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