Turner, contractor to pay $2M in Boston bomb scare
This story involves the Turner Broadcasting Systems and Interference Inc. to pay $2 million for an advertising campaign that caused a widespread bomb scare. In Boston, bomb squads responded to reports of the advertising devices in a subway station, on bridges and elsewhere. The AP article was posted at 11:38 a.m. CT Feb 5, 2007, while the CNN article was posted 1:56 p.m. EST, February 5, 2007, so these articles were only posted an hour apart. They both do a go job staying away from bias and both reporters recognize a good quote when they see one.
This same quote was in both reports on the event:
"Last week's events caused a major disruption in the greater Boston area on many levels -- crippling public transportation, causing serious traffic problems, negatively affecting local businesses, and perhaps most significantly, costing Boston and surrounding communities thousands of dollars," Attorney General Martha Coakley said in a written statement.
It is a good quote that summarizes the major events that transpired, provides some color, and is from a reliable source. While both articles attack the story from the same basic perspective, the CNN article deals more with the financial aspects of the story. They answer the questions of where the money will go and how it will be divided. The reporter for CNN must believe that the money is an important aspect for his story. The AP article looks more at the crime itself, including two men who were arrested for putting up the devices. This discrepancy in reporting the same story can also be seen in the pictures that accompany the stories. The AP article has a picture of Attorney General Martha Coakley and a caption involving the $2 million dollars while the CNN story has a picture of people protesting the arrest of the two men.