Tuesday, July 25, 2006

And the Israeli-Hezbollah War (Bias) Continues....

So I'm reading the latest and go to the Boston Herald and The Times Online (UK) and The Houston Chronicle for good measure. Same information. Different pictures. Different emphasis. Different take-away.

I'm going to put the lede quotes from each one and let you guess who is who:

  1. The Israeli Prime Minister today vowed to keep up the fight against Hezbollah as he went into talks with Condoleezza Rice.
  2. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, leading the first high-level U.S. diplomatic mission since war broke out in Lebanon, said Tuesday the time has come for a new Middle East and an urgent end to the violence hanging over the region.
  3. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a frenetic set of meetings amid intense Israeli-Hezbollah fighting, said Tuesday the United States wants an "urgent and enduring" peace where problems are solved without war.

Now which news source published these different pictures?
  1. Rice with eyes closed and looking stupid with Israeli Prime Minister.
  2. Rice smiling with Prime Minister.
  3. Rice in warm greeting with Prime Minister.
Just like music, the message delivered in the news is rarely the words themselves. The feel, the tone, the choice of priority, the pictures all tell the story the editors want to convey.

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