CNN and Fox News Clash on Libya Report, Which News Report is More Credible?

By on Mar 23, 2011 in Current Events, Opinion Comments

CNN and Fox News correspondents are in a head on clash as both correspondents refuse to back down on their stories. The question of credibility now pops up: Which news coverage gives more accurate details? This is the point of contention as reported in CNN and Fox news, March 21 & 22, 2011.

The drama started when Jennifer Griffin, a correspondent from Fox News reported that foreign journalists were allegedly used as human shields by Gaddafi so that the allied fighter planes had to call off bombing Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli.

Nic Robertson, CNN senior correspondent, who was among the journalists invited by Gaddafi, angrily denied the allegations in a CNN interview saying that:

“These allegations are outrageous and hypocritical.”

He further stated:

“When you come to somewhere like Libya, you expect lies and deceit from a dictatorship head, you don’t expect it from other journalists.”

Robertson also revealed that Fox News had also sent someone to cover the event and added,”That’s not what happened,” and that

“When we go on these government trips. It’s for a very simple reason, because we don’t want government officials to film it themselves. We want to go and see. Is it a command or control system? “

In a follow-up statement, Jennifer Griffin stuck to her story, saying that the coalition forces failure to pursue the attack allegedly “led to a great deal of consternation.” She apologized for being unaware of the presence of a Fox News crew but stood by her report.

With each correspondent standing by their stories, credibility now comes to the core. Who is the more credible correspondent? Or more generally, who is the more accurate news site, CNN or Fox News?

This CNN video shows the entire exchange between Nic Robertson and Wolf Blitzer.



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