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FOX News Website Spins A Headline

Reported by Nancy - December 18, 2005 -

Last night I was checking the FOX News website for something else, when I noticed how they were handling the story about President George W Bush admitting that he had authorized the government's spies to spy on Americans. Needless to say, the emphasis was all on how this spy program was "critical" to the War on Terror. The story itself was not even the primary headline on the homepage, but was in the lower half of the left-hand column.

Here's how the headline displayed on the FOX News home page last night:

'Critical' Program
Bush OK'd eavesdropping

This has since been updated & as of right now (6:06am) reads 'Vital' instead of 'Critical.'

A Google News search for this story had 2,670 hits. Let's compare & contrast how other news orgs headlined it:

Bush: Eavesdropping Helps Save US Lives
(Guardian Unlimited, UK, & 529 others used this headline)

US eavesdropping program 'saves lives': Bush
(Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, & 276 others used this headline)

Unrepentant Bush reveals he ordered secret wiretaps in US
(Telegraph.co.uk)

Bush defends eavesdropping programme
(Jamaica Observer, Miami Herald, ABC News)

Bush Acknowledges, Defends Eavesdropping
(Los Angeles Times & 168 others used this headline)

Senators uneasy over Bush's secret authorization of eavesdropping ...
(Sioux City Journal, DetNews.com

Bush defends secret wiretapping of Americans
(Times Online)

In Address, Bush Says He Ordered Domestic Spying
(New York Times)

Bush's intelligence dodge: a game of three-card monte
(Houston Chronicle)

Legality of Bush's Action Likely to Be Long Debated
(BBC News)

Democratic senator says Bush violated law with wiretaps
(Raw Story)

Bush acknowledges approving secret eavesdropping on US residentsv
(JURIST)

Report: Bush Authorized NSA To Eavesdrop On As Many As 500 In The ...
(All Headline News)

Bush Allowed Domestic Surveillance Without Warrants
(Editor & Publisher)

Angry Bush lashes out as eavesdropping scheme leaked
(Scotland on Sunday, UK)

Defiant Bush Confirms Eavesdropping Program
(NPR)

Bush Acknowledges Approving Eavesdropping
(CBS News)

Bush Approved Eavesdropping, Official Says
(ABC News)

President Bush Confirms Secret Eavesdropping Authorization
)Voice of America)

Comments: Hmm, do you see a pattern here? FOX News seems to be the ONLY news org that didn't use Bush's name in the primary headline.

If you'd like to complain to Fox about this, email: Foxnewsonline@foxnews.com

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