BBC vs. FoxNews vs. CNN

The following snapshot of headlines on each of the respective news sites of CNN, Fox, and the BBC is instructive:

CNN: “Dozens killed, wounded in Israeli airstrike: More than 65 casualties in strike on Qana.”

BBC: “Dozens killed in Lebanon air raid: Dozens of people have been killed or injured, many of them children.”

Fox: “Israelis Retreat From Bint Jbail: Israel claims mission accomplished in Hezbollah stronghold on Israel-Lebanon border after days of bloody battle.”

The million dollar question: do editorial decisions reflect consumer sensibilities (CNN viewers want to know about Israeli bombings; BBC viewers also do, but love to hear about dead children too; Fox viewers want to hear about Israeli successes), or does it lead them?


  1. Fox News Channel was covering the air strike when I was watching it earlier today; devoting a great deal of time to the discussion. Probably not with the same perspective as CNN and/or the BBC.


  2. You have no idea how much I have been dying to know how the US outlets are handling this. When I lived in Maryland I used to watch Fox as a guilty pleasure. What’s Jon Stewart’s angle? How are the networks editorializing? What about Jim Lehrer? Charlie Rose? TELL ME!


  3. Btw- The FoxNews website is one of the worst news web sites, in my opinion. Fox does not devote near the time and resources into its web site as it does to its news channel. I much prefer to read over


  4. Brian,

    Agreed. FNC’s web site is horrible. Try loading it with javascript off, and it looks horrendous. I like CNN’s web site, though I don’t like the slant they take..


  5. In my neck of the woods (Deep South US, Gulf Coast) I have been wondering the same thing, but on a different topic: race. How much does the local news outlets’ portrayal of crime affect our perceptions on race here?

    There have been several multiple homicides in the city and outside the city, and the suspects have all been young black men. You can’t argue with an arrest. The victims have mostly been young black men, also. But I’m pretty sure white people commit violent crime in New Orleans, too; I just don’t see their pictures on NOLA.COM.

    It’s the opposite of the article in the recent New York paper about the young black woman who was missing and later found killed. There was virtually no press about it at the time, but when a young, affluent white woman about the same age went missing in Aruba, the press were all over it.

    How does this affect the community? How does it affect discourse about race? How does it impact ongoing racism?

    It’s very tempting to say they’re just printing the facts, but I think the headlines in Ronan’s post illustrate how there’s really no such thing.


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