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Kentucky Derby Winner Barbaro Euthanized After Numerous Injuries

This story was covered by both the AP and Fox News. Both deal with the death of Barbaro while also reflecting on it's life.The AP story about Barbaro appeared at both CNN.com and MSNBC.com. Both reporters use direct quotes early in their piece to paint a clear picture of reality.

Fox News:
"His memory will live forever," Alex Waldrop, CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, said in a statement to FOXNews.com. "America’s compassion and love for Barbaro speak to the incredible bond that people share with thoroughbreds and our sport."

AP:
"We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain," co-owner Roy Jackson said. "It was the right decision; it was the right thing to do. We said all along if there was a situation where it would become more difficult for him then it would be time."

Both direct quotes are good and, if nothing else, provide color for their respective pieces. A human touch is given through the emotions that all involved in this story experienced. Both story's go into great detail about the life and misfortune of Barbaro. Also, both pieces show terms like "The Barbaro Fan Frenzy" (Fox) and "Devoted fans" (AP) to establish emotional content. To be a fan means you are at least a little bit devoted to something and the clichéd term "Fan Frenzy" is complete jargon that detracts from the professional aspects of the piece. Another similarity between both pieces is that they both have a large, prominently displayed, picture of Barbaro at the head of the piece. Also, while both pieces have numerous quotes, it is the AP story that contains the most. There are so many quotes in the AP story it detracts from the overall quality. Both pieces go extremely in-depth and exam this event from many different times and points of view.


This event was covered by both the AP and Fox News.

AP:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/more/01/29/barbaro.ap/index.html?cnn=yes

Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,248194,00.html