Article Comparison: Trump on “Fox and Friends”

In his first interview in a long time, Donald Trump did a 30 minute, over the phone interview with the hosts of the Fox and Friends show. He took control of the interview, ranting on various topics and allowing the hosts to get in few questions and comments.

An article written by a reporter from Fox, known to favor Trump, the writer opens his article by stating it was “just like the good old days” when Trump would speak whatever was on his mind. The article recognizes a few of the problems in his interview, such as his admittance that Cohen represented him in the Stormy Daniels case, citing some of his comments were cited by federal prosecutors as justification for the FBI raid on Cohen’s home. The writer of the article was ultimately on the side of Trump, supporting his attack on the DOJ and “their failure to prosecute Comey”. The writer also stated that he wished Trump did more interviews as “they provide insight into his thinking and his temperament.” He ended his story by remarking that the most fundamental takeaway from the interview is,”The president is ticked off at a whole lot of folks.”

An article covering the interview by NBC focused on the self-incrimination that Trump’s interview gave in the Stormy Daniels case and highlights how his words run contradictory to his past statements about the case. The article has quotes from Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Ms. Daniels in the lawsuit, that express his intent to use Trumps statements in his case against Cohen and “expects federal prosecutors to do the same.” The article gives details about the case, such as the $130,000 hush money Cohen paid Daniels, the pseudonym that Trump used in the non-disclosure agreement, which he himself never signed, making it invalid. The article also mentions potential future negotiations between Trump and Mueller’s respective teams.

The differences are clear: Fox’s article expressed support for the president as well as insulated him and his claims while doing just enough probing of his controversial statements to appear unbiased in the eyes of the public, while NBC’s article focused heavily on how he took over the interview and his controversial statements served as a foil to his innocence in the Stormy Daniels case, providing much context for how it affects the case.


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(This comparison was posted on May 1, 2018, contrary to what the WordPress feed says)


Article Comparison: Trump on “Fox and Friends”

Exploring Bias: CNN on Trump’s typos

Earlier today, CNN released a story (not labeled as opinion) entitled “Hopefully, the typos don’t kill us all” in which a writer, Z. Byron Wolf, pointed out a typo in one of Trump’s recent tweets, that says “Iran has a robust, clandestine nuclear weapons program.” The tweet was supposed to say “had”, and was deleted and corrected fairly quickly. Byron states that it was a clerical error, and says, “We all make mistakes and no journalist, in this era of reduced copy desks, should be sanctimonious about typos.” That should be the end of it, it was a typo, it was corrected, and no harm came of it.

Byron takes the opportunity to blow it out of proportion – claiming that the typo could be seen as a threat to national security, while giving himself liberty to mock the president and his previous typos in tweets, as well as his general intelligence- “the President’s questionable relationship with grammar has been troubling to the pedants out there for some time”. He starts his rant by saying “theoretically, this typo could have real-world consequences.” In applying the moniker of theory to his story, it divulges itself from fact and loses credibility, instead being a piece of mockery and speculation.

He even cites another story from a CNN reporter titled, “Trump Misspells A Lot of Tweets: Should You Care?”, and says himself, “The short answer was not really. Trump often deletes tweets and re-posts corrected versions.”  If we shouldn’t really care about typos, why is Wolf making it seem like typos could be the end of our nation and what is the point in writing this story besides an opportunity to pander to their audience? He signs off with a tongue-in-cheek quip that says, “Apologies for any typos in this post. It is unlikely they will affect national security.”

Additionally, at the top of the article is a video from CNN by Jeanne Moos, which takes viewers through CNN’s “Donald J. Trump Presidential Typos and Misspellings Hall of Fame”. In which she makes fun of Trump’s typos and repeats clips of him saying how smart he is, while giving screenshots of Twitter memes and jokes at Trump’s expense, which have no reason to be in a video, let alone a subject of focus, from a major news network.




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Exploring Bias: CNN on Trump’s typos

Media Diary


This past week the stories that I have read focus on a few hot topics recently such as adult film star Stormy Daniels’s alleged affair with Donald Trump, the DNC Hacker being connected to Russia, and the NRA and March For Our Lives. The sources include CBS, CNN, Washington Post, KTLA and The Daily Beast. I read most online news through Reddit and filtered through various political sub-threads for this week in my downtime.

Stormy Daniels is the topic of two different stories: CNN describes her decision to sue Trump’s lawyer for defamation and she goes on CBS’s 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper to describe her sexual affair with Trump. Stormy Daniels details her meeting Trump in 2006 and later one-time affair, then the eventual hush money she was paid by Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, a few weeks before the 2016 election. Cooper also interviewed her attorney for the segment who affirmed her allegations and the fact that Daniels was not in violation of her NDA signed about the event. Daniels reported being threatened by Cohen with fines up to $20 million if she violated the non-disclosure agreement. Both sources take a position that is critical of Trump and Cohen and sides with Stormy Daniels. This was 60 Minutes highest rated interview ever.

The Washington Post and KTLA both covered stories that commented on NRA responses to March For Our Lives. The NRA doesn’t seem very favorable in these stories as their responses include an NRA radio host disregarding and insulting the teens in the protest and the NRA claiming on their Facebook page that March For Our Lives is being organized by anti-gun billionaires who want to destroy the Second Amendment. The NRA seems downright ridiculous in these reports and seem more like spooked conspiracy theorists than a reputable organization.

In the last story that I read, The Daily Beast detailed how the “Lone Hacker” of the DNC was identified as a Russian intelligence officer working in Moscow. The information was provided from government sources and used tech experts who aided in the search of the hacker, who routed his IP address through a VPN that ported from Moscow to Paris but one slip-up allowed him to be traced. This is controversial in light of the previous suspicions that there was Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. There is an ongoing investigation by the U.S. government into the Russian hacker.

Media Diary

Article Comparison

The recent high school shooting in Parkland, Florida is being covered by many news sources in America right now. I am comparing two articles written by CBS and The Sun Sentinel, a South Florida based newspaper.

            The local paper’s article begins with the aftermath, focusing on the surviving students who journeyed to Tallahassee by bus to advocate for more strict gun control laws and student walkouts of high schools across South Florida. The article recounts the events of the shooting while providing details about community effects in wake of the shooting such as donations for the victims, candlelight vigils, President Trump’s address of the issue, as well as the Florida State Government rejecting a law that would ban sale of AR-15s in Florida.

CBS begins their article by identifying the shooter and the number of victims, while hailing it the “deadliest school shooting in the past five years.” The article offers information from the shooter himself gained in an interview with police, about the methods that he employed and the weapons used during the shooting.

The CBS article also detailed recent info about the trial of Nikolas Cruz and provided a timeline of events of the shooting and his arrest, citing that the police have interviewed over 2,000 people and are sifting through the information for more details. President Trump’s address was also cited, as well as images of tweets, that detailed his plans to visit the school victims and work to achieve safer schools for the children of America.

The CBS article is focused on the details of the shooting and the trials and offers a detailed account of the events that took place, while examining the government response to the shooting and discussing past shootings in relation to this one. The Sun Sentinel is from the same area the shooting took place and focuses on the victims and the reaction from the local community. The sense of community is represented in this article more than in the CBS coverage. The activism of the students and peaceful protests among other high school students in Florida were the focus of the article, being the primary point introduced and reaffirmed throughout the article. The article also discusses local police possible solutions improving safety and insuring this doesn’t happen again. The Sentinel frames the shooting in terms of a local tragedy but highlights a community that isn’t going to sit by and let nothing change, introducing its place in the larger gun control debate.

The CBS article provided the shooter’s story near the end of the article, detailing his troubled childhood and his mental health problems. Cruz was described as an orphaned loner, who has violent tendencies and expressed warning signs such as posting photos with guns on social media and being expelled from school at 17 for fighting.

Both articles bring the issue of policy regarding gun control to the viewers attention. CBS uses other school shootings to reinforce the rising trend of school shootings, naming this one the 18th this year. The Sentinel highlights the advocacy of the locals and the victims for stricter gun control laws. The Sentinel offers a more local perspective on the shootings and the community effects, while CBS offers more details on the shooter and the larger impact on the nation

Article Comparison