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Japan PM Rebukes Minister for Calling Women 'Birth-Giving Machines'

This event was covered by both the UPI and AP. It deals with an official in Japan being reprimanded for his comments concerning woman. The health minister of Japan referred to woman as "birth-giving machines" and came under extensive fire. Both articles use direct quotes early in the story to paint a picture of reality and summarize the event.

AP:
"I reprimanded him severely," Abe said, adding that he saw no reason for Health Minister Hakuo Yanagisawa to step down. "From now on, I hope he will remain fully devoted to his job and obtain the people's understanding."

UPI:
"The number of women aged between 15 and 50 is fixed," he said. "Because the number of birth-giving machines and devices is fixed, all we can ask for is for them to do their best per head, although it may not be so appropriate to call them machines."

The direct quotes reflect how each reporter deals with the story. While the AP dealt with the minister is reprimanded, the UPI deals with the actual events leading to the minister making his comment. To this end the AP has a much harsher tone as apposed to a less harsh tone of the UPI. Both articles do an excellent job avoiding jargon and clich├ęs. The articles are strait forward and clear. The UPI article was published on the 28th and the AP article was published on the 29th. This is also seen in how both reporters choose to communicate the article. The content itself is full of color, which is not inflated with egregious quotes for either side. In all, both articles do a fine job illustrated their respective points of view towards this event.


AP:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,248143,00.html

UPI:
http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/view.php?StoryID=20070128-021617-6593r