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Media Comparison

For my comparison, I decided to look at CNN’s article on Rudy Giuliani’s recent voicemails. The print story is Giuliani talks money and Bidens in dual accidental phone calls to reporter. While I found a CNN video titled Giuliani accidentally called reporter. Hear what he said.

The CNN video has a brief lead showing the viewers an excerpt of the voicemails between Giuliani and an unknown person. The reporter has a panel of four other people that she asks questions to. The CNN article goes much more in-depth. It makes great use of quotes when there was only a brief quote from Giuliani in the video. The article includes multiple quotes from Rudy. It also features a quote from Andrew Bates who is a spokesperson for the Biden campaign.

There are quite a few differences between the article and the video. The video itself is relatively short. It is only two minutes long and the majority of the time is spent on asking the other guests what their reaction was. The article was much more detailed. In the article, it gives more background information that somebody just watching the video would not have known.

Here is the link to the CNN article. The video is embedded in the article. https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/25/politics/giuliani-buttdial-bahrain-bidens/index.html

1 Comment

  1. fuglsang

    This is a hard comparison to make, Matthew. The CNN print story is a straightforward news story. What’s in the video is something else. If nothing else, it’s from a CNN discussion by a handful of “analysts,” which means it’s going to be opinion. If you watch a lot of news talk, you’ll know that facts and detail are not all that important.

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