I compared an article from Fox News with an article from CNN regarding Paul Ryan’s election as the Speaker of the House. While CNN denigrated Ryan, arguing that he had a lot going against him, Fox celebrated his victory.
CNN reported Ryan’s election through a lens of Congressional division and hostility. The article states that Ryan “won’t have much time to celebrate because he will immediately confront a series of divisive issues that could undermine his hold on the speakership.” Immediately CNN hones in on the negatives, discussing the multitude of obstacles working against Ryan. They talk about culture in Congress as stagnant and polarized and how the new Speaker—regardless of the job he does—will fail.
Fox, on the other hand, celebrates Paul Ryan’s achievement. They state that the new Speaker is a force “to help unify the party after a tumultuous period.” They quote Ryan directly regarding his new position, ushering in a feeling of elation and optimism. They also exalt Ryan, stating that he “easily beat rival Rep. Daniel Webster to become the Republican nominee.” Fox News talks up Ryan as a positive force in the House of Representatives, speaking optimistically of the work he’ll be able to do in this position.
It’s incredibly obvious that both news sources are operating under different biases—while CNN works to denigrate Ryan and the Republican Congress, Fox News speaks positively about the new changes in leadership.
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