Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Second Look at Fox News

Jillian Bloemer

After a few weeks of looking at other news sources, I felt it would be a beneficial idea to look back at one of the news outlets I previously analyzed to see if their sources and coverage has improved. My last look at Fox News was relatively bleak, as they were not focusing much on the election and the presidential.

Since my last look at Fox, the week of September 11, the coverage of presidential and vice presidential candidates has had a significant increase. I have found this week that there are more stories about Mitt Romney and his wife than there are about President Obama. Additionally there are no stories within the past two weeks about the First Lady.

Additionally, I found that the majority of the stories about candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, were generally positive. On the other hand, the stories that were related to President Obama did not seem to have a positive or negative tone to them.

One of the leading stories on the site was the feature about the Obama Campaign's redesign of the American Flag and a design of the country to look like an American flag, with the Obama campaign symbol as the stars. I feel it was a smart idea to have that as one of the top stories because it is interesting and something that will immediately grab the attention of the readers.

However, when clicking on the link, this story definitely had a negative tone to it. One person interviewed in the story said "This is so offensive. I don't know why I'm shocked, but I am. This stoops to new lows." While another wrote: "And just what was wrong with the flag with the stars and stripes? Why must Obama create his own flag?"

That question was also answered in the story where it is stated that the message behind the flags 'redesign' and design of the United States made to look like a flag was to show that "there are no red and blue states, just United States."

Read about it here.

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