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Fox Uses More Anonymous Sources in Coverage of Kerry

While reporting on the controversy surrounding John Kerry’s military service in August, Special Report with Brit Hume on Fox News relied on a greater number of anonymous sources than ABC, CBS and NBC in their evening news broadcasts. At the same time, the overall tone of the coverage of this issue was more negative on Fox than on the networks .

The Fox news program featured a share of 40.5% negative stories on Kerry’s military service, compared to an overall 33.7% on network news.
In the time between the conventions in Boston and New York, TV news focused mainly on issues regarding Kerry’s military service. For more than a month, voters received only an insignificant amount of information on the candidates’ stances on the major campaign issues.

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Posted by Isadora Badi at September 15, 2004 3:07 PM