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Obama, Clinton Commemorate `Bloody Sunday' in Selma


More than a thousand people gathered Sunday to commemorate the 1965 "Bloody Sunday" voting rights march. Senators Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois were among those gathered. It was commented on in both articles that had it not been for the events of "Bloody Sunday" neither of these two senators would be considered a viable presidential candidate.

AP:
Speaker after speaker said that neither Clinton nor Obama would be running for president if it wasn't for the sacrifices made on Bloody Sunday. Clinton is seeking to become the first woman elected president; Obama is trying to become the first black president.

Bloomberg:
Clinton and Obama said they owed a debt to the early leaders in the civil rights struggle. Their sacrifices mean that Obama, the son of a black Kenyan father and a white mother, has ``a chance to run for president of the United States,'' Clinton said. They also gave New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a Hispanic, the opportunity to run, ``and yes, it's is giving me that chance, too,'' she said.

Both articles communicate the same point, that ad the events of "Bloody Sunday" not occurred then the present political landscape would be different. While this point is communicated in both stories the leads of each story are different. The lead in the Bloomberg article focuses on a recap of the events of "Bloody Sunday" while the AP article's lead focuses on the present day gathering. The AP article has more timeliness, impact, and prominence; three of the news values important in good journalism. Instead of leading with dated events, like those of the Bloomberg article, the AP listed the most recent and important information in its lead. It should also be noted that the novelty of each article is the same based on the similar stance each took in regards to the current political landscape. Each article used an inverted pyramid style, despite the fact that the Bloomberg article decided to include summary of a historic event to give greater importance to a more current one. There were no quotes that were the same in either article, but there were many in both from political figures giving there point of view on the current or past importance of civil rights.

Bloomberg:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aUZfvvx0e374&refer=home
AP:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/03/05/ap/national/mainD8NLNIBO0.shtml