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December 8, 2007

South Korean coast affected by large oil spill

By Ryan Prescher

Due to a damaged supertanker, an oil spill is affecting the shoreline of South Korea’s western coast, the CNN.com article “Spill oozes onto S. Korean coast? by the Associated Press stated. The coastline, which is about 95 miles southwest of Seoul, and is popular for its scenic beaches, fish farms, national maritime park and resting stop for migrating birds. More than 2.7 million gallons of oil poured into the ocean Friday from a 146,000-ton Hong Kong supertanker after a barge carrying a crane slammed into it, the article stated. Dozens of South Korean ships were dispatched Friday to contain the spill, but strong winds spread the oil spill to an area about 1 mile wide and 10 miles long. The ship company stated that the ship was moving from a construction site, lost control after a wire linking it to the tugboat was cut due to high winds, waves and currents. Many aspects of the incident are still being investigated, the article stated.

This unfortunate event is the most recent of many oil spills it seems like. The CNN.com article did a reasonable job in reporting this incident. It was rather long considering how much information is likely unknown right now. Most of the paragraphs were much longer than most other paragraphs in a normal story. Regardless, I thought it was interesting that the reporter described the area of the spill in such detail. By specifically explaining what the area is known for, it made the article and incident all that much more captivating. In addition, it was nice to see so much information on what the coast guard has been doing to restrict the spill from spreading. Many sources were included, and there was a lot of background information about other oil spills.

Another source that included an article about the spill was MSNBC.com. The article “South Koreans struggle to clean up ‘sea of oil’? also by the Associated Press, started out with a much more anecdotal lead than the CNN.com article. The information is the same, but the really big difference is that the first sentence is much more captivating. The reporter set the tone and scene for what information would follow. In addition, this article used similar descriptions for the beach area that is affected, but this came much later in the article instead of right away after the lead. This article included many of the same sources, but it appears that MSNBC.com did some reporting on their own as well. A few environmental activists are quoted in the article. Lastly, this article also has the same extensive background information about previous spills.

December 1, 2007

ETA of Spain responsible for the shooting of two guardsmen in France

By Ryan Prescher

A Spanish civil guard died and another was wounded after being shot by members of the Basque group ETA in southern France, a BBCnews.com article “ETA blamed for killing in France? stated. The two men were participating in a “joint surveillance operation? with French police against ETA suspects, the article stated. The two “plain-clothed officers? were gunned down from a close range as they were entering their cars outside a restaurant. This is the first death that has been linked to the ETA since the group ended a ceasefire in June. There was another ceasefire in March 2006, but the group broke it in December 2006 when two people were killed in a car bombing at the Madrid airport, the article stated.

BBCnews.com reported this story in a very informative manner. Not only were facts about the shooting presented, the article included a mountain of additional information about the ETA group that some readers may not have known. In addition, there are several sources from French and Spanish police forces to interior ministers. This article contains more quotes than I think most American based news stories have, and the quotes seem to be much longer than what is normally the standard in the States.

Another source that included information about the ETA killings was CNN.com. The article “ETA gunmen kill Spanish guard? by Al Goodman is surprisingly very informative. The article contains all of the same information that the BBC article contained such as the locations, names, etc. In addition, this article contained a piece of information that the BBC news failed to report, which was that there were three ETA suspects, and immediately after the shooting, they held a French woman and her son hostage, but quickly released them. Although this article does not contain nearly as much quotes and sources as the other source, it is easier to read and contains the information about the ETA group that is necessary to understanding the context of the story.

November 23, 2007

Cruise ship strikes ice in Antarctica

By Ryan Prescher

A cruise ship with more than 150 passengers and crew aboard is believed to have collided with an iceberg near Antarctica, the CNN.com article “Sinking ship ‘struck iceberg’? by the Associated Press, stated. All were rescued and there have been no injuries reported. They were forced to evacuate the boat and travel on lifeboats in sub-zero water, the article stated. A Norwegian cruise ship MS Nord Norge took the passengers and crew to King George Island in the South Shetlands. The ship was on its 12th day of a 19-day tour when it struck a large “submerged piece of ice? around 10 p.m. ET Thursday. Several nationalities were aboard including 14 Americans. It is uncertain if the ship will sink, but there is a hole the size of a fist and there is some cracking, the article stated. Gap Adventures, based in Toronto, Canada, owns the ship.

The CNN.com article was very choppy. There did not seem to be a flow to the article. Instead, I felt like the article simply stated random facts without any real theme or angle. While this is a breaking news story, there could have been more organization. In addition, to the lack of organization, I felt like the story was missing more information from important sources. For example, there is very little information from the officials and company that owns the ship.

Another source that reported on this story was MSNBC.com. The article “Stricken cruise ship off Antarctica evacuated? also by the AP is entirely different. First, the beginning section of the article contains many of the same facts, but the organization is much better. In addition, the article has several quotes from Susan Hayes of G.A.P. Adventures of Toronto about the safety of the passengers and the rescue mission-taking place now. In addition, the article includes several statements from the British Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard and Argentinean Coast Guard about what happened, the position of the boat and thoughts about will happen to the boat.


November 17, 2007

Cyclone in Bangladesh leaves several dead and many injured

By Ryan Prescher

Death tolls are expected to rise today, after a large cyclone made landfall on the western coast of Bangladesh Thursday night, the CNN.com article “Cyclone death toll hits 1,700? by the Associated Press said. A total of 1,723 people have been confirmed dead, the article said. Aid workers expect to find “scores more bodies? in remote villages where large numbers of people live. In addition, there are more than 15,000 people injured, and thousands displaced and missing, the article stated.

The cyclone, which made landfall Thursday, sustained winds of more than 131 mph, sending floodwaters inland. The Bangladesh air force, army and navy are working to provide assistance to all of those affected, the article stated. More than 280,000 families have been classified as homeless, and a large amount of the rice-crop and livestock was destroyed, the article stated.

Several world organizations are helping with this aftermath such as World Vision and the U.N. World Vision is sending 135 staffers and 7,000 volunteers. In addition, the group is hoping to send $1.5 in aid, the article stated. The U.N. World Food Programme confirms they have enough “high-energy biscuits to feed 400,000 people for several days.? The U.S. Department of State also stated to aid in the effort to help those affected by the storm, the article stated.

The CNN.com article is quite extensive and covers several different aspects of the storm. The destruction of the storm is mentioned, descriptions of the storm are given, and lastly, the aid efforts are mentioned. Several sources are included using many CNN correspondents and the Bangladesh government. In addition to the article, CNN has maps, photos and a video to coincide with the article.

Another news source that included information about the cyclone in Bangladesh was MSNBC.com. The article “Bangladesh cyclone death toll tops 1,700? by the AP, contains many of the same facts about the death tolls and number of injured. While the article was provided by the AP, the article is entirely different the CNN.com article. This article has more emphasis on what actually happened during the storm. There are witness accounts and descriptions that the CNN.com article lacks. Similarly, to the CNN article, this one also includes extensive information about what is now being done to provide aid and assistance.

November 7, 2007

School shooting in Finland reportedly kills 7

By Ryan Prescher

In a breaking news story out of Tuusula, Finland Wednesday morning, at least seven people died from gunfire at a school only hours after a video was posted on YouTube predicting the massacre. The MSNBC.com article “7 killed in Finnish school shooting, official says,? reported that medical response leader Eero Hirbensalo told the Associated Press that seven people were dead, one person was “severely injured? and 10 other people had minor injuries. The video that appeared on YouTube showed a school similar to the Tuusula school with a man in red pointing the gun at the camera. One of the victims shot was the school principal. The article states that despite the third-largest per capita ratio handgun ownership in the world, Finland sees very little violence in the schools.

The MSNBC.com article was one of the few sources that contained any in-depth information about the shooting. It was extremely in-depth considering how recent the news broke. One concern I have is that the article did not state what happened to the shooter. Despite this error, the article contained two additional sources other than the authorities. In addition, the article gave eyewitness accounts of the shooting from teachers and provided additional background information about gun violence in Finland.

Very few sources had any mentioning of this breaking news. For example, Reuters and ABCnews.com did not have any mentioning of it when I checked at 9:45 a.m. The only other source that I could find that had information about the shooting was CNN.com. The article “Report: 3 dead in school shooting? by the Associated Press was one of the shortest articles that I have seen to date. The article was two sentences long, and only contained speculations about how many people were killed. The article used Finland newspapers and stated that police confirmed there was a shooting but declined to speak. It seems like this story was published right after the news broke. It was posted 4 hours and 49 minutes ago, and there has not been an update since. It is likely that CNN.com is working on an update in order to provide more information to readers and viewers and most importantly, to compete with other publication sources.

November 1, 2007

Violence displaces 88,000 people in Somali

By Ryan Prescher

After three days of fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu, more than 88,000 people are displaced from their homes, the Reuters article on ABCnews.com “Mogadishy violence displaced 88,000 people: U.N.? said. “You see groups of people spontaneously protesting, crying for help from the international community and wondering how long Mogadishu will keep on being destroyed,? the ABCnews.com article reported from the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR. With the g rowing violence, 39 agencies said this week they could not respond “effectively? to the “humanitarian catastrophe,? the article said. The country of Somalia has been in turmoil since 1991. There is great fear that since many large correspondents are staying out of Somalia for safety reasons, the civil war is not getting the attention it deserves, the article said.

The ABCnews.com article that was provided by Reuters was very informative. The article contained the most important information at the beginning of the article; however, the article included several anecdotal descriptions of the scene. The article uses reputable sources such as the U.N. in order to shed light on this important and gruesome issue. While the article’s main purpose is to present the news about the increased fighting and displacement of thousands of people, it expresses the concern of many humanitarians. Is Somalia receiving the attention it deserves? While this gives the article a biased and opinionated feel, the article attributes these comments to aid workers in Somalia.

Another source that contained a similar article was MSNBC.com. The article “UN: Thousands Fleeing Somali Capital? by the Associated Press contained much more information about the increase in violence. While many of the same facts are included, the article contains more quotes and additional facts about the effects of the war in Somalia. For example, one additional source included is Christian Balslev-Olesen, a top humanitarian coordinator for Somalia. The article states that the almost 90,000 people displaced in the last three days is nearly quadruple the normal 20,000 that are displaced monthly. More than 3,400 people have been wounded since January, the article said. The most important addition to the article is the fact from the U.N., “some 1.5 million Somalis are now in need of food aid and protection _ 50 percent more than at the start of the year _ because of inadequate rains, continuing internal displacement and a potential cholera epidemic.?

It is unfortunate that I had to click on several links on both news pages in order to find any mentioning of Somalia. While it may be dangerous for journalists to be in Somalia, the unfortunate news that takes place everyday does not disappear. It should still be covered and presented to the masses, regardless if eyewitness accounts are available.

October 25, 2007

Fight towards AIDS is diminished after condom recall in South Africa

By Ryan Prescher

The South African government is recalling 20 million condoms from the company Zalatex after condoms failed a bursting test, the MSNBC.com article “Millions of condoms recalled in South Africa? by the Associated Press, said. According to the article, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday that the recall involves condoms that are distributed free by the government. This comes after a wave of scandals involving condom durability. The Zalatex company bribed an official of the South African Bureau of Standards to approve defective condoms, which prompted the initial recall back in August. Only 12 million have been recovered since. This diminishes the AIDS fighting effort in South Africa, which has the largest AIDS population in the world, the article said. There are more than 5.5 million AIDS victims and 900 people die everyday due to AIDS in South Africa, the article reported. Currently, the government canceled several contracts with condom manufacturers due to poor quality and scandals.

The MSNBC.com article, although provided by the AP, does a great job in reporting this news out of Africa. The article only contains one source, which is the Health Ministry. Much of the information that is within the story is attributed to a statement that was made on Tuesday about the issue. There could have been more sources, such as comments from the manufacturing companies, officials within the government, etc. Overall, the article presents the most pertinent information and provides readers with background information of what took place in August towards the end of the article.

Another source that included a report on this same issue was found at CNN.com. The article “Condom recall hits South African AIDS campaign? also provided by the AP, contained the exact information, word for word. The CNN.com article also only contained one source. The only addition to the story were two hyperlinks. CNN included hyperlinks for “South Africa? and “AIDS? , which provided additional information on separate pages about these two topics. The CNN article also contained a picture where the MSNBC article did not. Otherwise, both articles are very similar.

Considering the recall was first back in August, it is strange that these news sources are just reporting on it now. Granted, the Health Ministry made an announcement on Tuesday, but the recall has been ongoing for the last two months. Why is this story important now? The effect and disruption in the fight against AIDS was no different two months ago than it is now.

October 18, 2007

Blast in Pakistan kills at least 115 and injures more than 240

By Ryan Prescher

A suicide bombing targeted at former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto killed at least 115 people Thursday night in Karachi, Pakistan, the MSNBC.com article “2 blasts strike crowd celebrating Bhutto’s return? by MSNBC News Services said. The bomb went off in a crowd that was welcoming the arrival of Bhutto who was returning after eight years of exile. Two explosions went off near the truck that was carrying Bhutto. According to the article, more than 150,000 people were in the streets awaiting her arrival.

This is a tragic incident out of the Middle East. The MSNBC.com article is very extensive and includes information about the bombings, history of the former prime minister, and descriptions of the scene. Right now, much of the information is still coming over the wires, and MSNBC.com makes this evident. While MSNBC actually did their own reporting, they comment that there are several different reports on the total confirmed dead. The AP states that there are 128 dead while Reuters sites 115 people are dead. Each news service used different sources. While the article contains a lot of information, there is not a lot specifically about the bombing. The last topic of the article is specifically the description of the bombing (not so much numbers), and the photos are extremely graphic. In addition to the graphic photos of bodies and rubble, there is video footage.

Every news outlet has some mentioning of this bombing. One such source is CNN’s article “At least 110 dead in blasts near Bhutto’s convoy in Pakistan? by both AP and several of CNN’s reporters on the scene. This article is very different from the MSNBC.com. First, CNN reported much lower death tolls and numbers of those injured. In addition, descriptions in this article are vivid from the very beginning. It almost seems like a narrative. CNN reporters contributed what information they could obtain from sources and descriptions of the scene, and writers from CNN compiled it together into a cohesive story. There are several sources, and similar to the MSNBC.com article, there are very graphic photos, video footage, and a timeline of events. This article does not focus as much on the history of the former primer minister, but instead, it focuses on the news story at hand, the bombing.

October 11, 2007

Plane crashes and catches fire in Istanbul

By Ryan Prescher

An Egyptian plane flying to Warsaw, Poland caught on fire Thursday after making an emergency landing at Istanbul’s international airport, the MSNBC.com article “Plane catches fire after emergency landing? by the Associated Press said. It was not confirmed who owned the plane. There were 126 passengers and seven crewmembers aboard, the article said. The fire was extinguished quickly, and there were no deaths. It was unconfirmed if there were any injuries, the article said. In addition, the article stated that the plane was forced to make the landing because of technical problems and due to the failure of the landing gear.

First, the breaking news out of Turkey lacks a lot of information. It seems strange that very few news outlets have any mentioning of the crash. For those sources that do mention the crash, it is not very visible. With air travel and plane safety being a big concern in the United States, it seems odd that this article is not at the forefront for viewers and readers. The question of what is newsworthy is worth debating, but that is not the purpose of this blog.

MSNBC.com was one source that did contain information about the crash. Similar to almost every news source with a mentioning of the incident, the article is very brief and lacks information about the plane crash. The AP wrote the article, and surprisingly, included one source considering the lack of information and timeliness of the incident. The source is the Dogan news agency. It seems strange that whatever information the AP received about the crash, including numbers and locations, was attributed to a news source and not police or authorities.

The other source that had information readily available was the CNN. The article “Plane fire after emergency landing? by the AP is almost exactly like the MSNBC article. The information and content is exact, but sentence structure is different. Again, the only source attributed in the story is the Dogan news agency. While this may have been the only source with information willing to comment, the information does not seem credible. Usually, in all major accidents involving many people, authorities are the source to contact for technicalities about the crash (numbers of people, deaths, injuries, where the crash happened, why it happened, etc.).

It will be interesting to see if this crash, regardless if there are injuries or not, makes the forefront in news outlets here in the U.S. Plane crashes do not happen very often, and this country is very focused on plane safety.

October 5, 2007

Twenty-three leaders of the ETA terrorist organization in Spain arrested

By Ryan Prescher

Spanish police arrested 23 leaders of the outlawed Basque terrorist organization called ETA on Thursday, the CNN article “Spain arrests Basque leaders? by CNN Madrid Bureau Chief Al Goodman said. All 23 were arrested in the Basque town of Segura during a secret meeting. Police believe the members were transferring leadership from the veteran activists to a new set of younger leaders. The ETA members will be taken to Madrid where they will appear in court. Judge Garzon at the National Court in Madrid promised in 2006 to make the destruction of the ETA group a permanent priority. The ETA, also known as the Basque pro-independence party, is blamed for more than 800 deaths over four decades. According to the article, the ETA is to blame for many car bombings. One specific example is the Madrid Airport car bombing in December 2006 that killed two men.

First this article is very interesting. Not only is the factual news covered right away at the beginning, but also the article continues to explain a little history of the ETA group. This is a big deal for Spain and its people. The ETA group has been a terrorist organization for a very long time. This group existed before Americans really even knew what terrorists were. The article is very well written and gives the most important information in the first part of the story. The format of the story is closely related to the inverted pyramid method. In addition, the article also includes three links to previous articles and more information about the ETA group. One thing that is strange about the article is that the main attribution is “the source.? It is unclear who the reporter is referring to. If it is Judge Baltasar Garzon, then there should be an appropriate AP style introduction in the second paragraph, not five paragraphs into the story.

My search for other articles about this important event was extremely difficult. I checked both ABCnews.com and CBSnews.com; both sources lacked information about the arrests. MSNBC.com was the only source that I could find additional information on this incident. Even though it had information, I had to click several different links before I found any mentioning of the ETA arrests. The MSNBC.com article "Spanish police arrest banned Basque leaders" (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21145129/)by the Associated Press has half the information that the CNN article contains. The article is well written and contains most of the important information at the top; however, it lacks content and information from sources. Both sources were first written by the AP, but the CNN article also has information contributed by a reporter in Madrid. The MSN article is strictly AP information.

Sources:

CNN “Spain arrests Basque leaders?

- Judicial source (no name)
This source is a human source, and it is authoritative.
- Judge Baltasar Garzon
It is unclear is this is the same source as the judicial source. It is a human source, and it is authoritative.

MSNBC.com “Spanish police arrest banned Basque leaders?

- Officials (Spanish police)
This is a human source, and it is authoritative.
- Judge Baltasar Garzon
This is a human source, and it is authoritative.
- News reports
This is an electronic source, and it is authoritative.
- Interior Ministry
This is a human source, and it is authoritative.

September 28, 2007

Myanmar protests become violent with at least nine people dead

By Ryan Prescher

Protests in Burma (Myanmar) turned deadly on Thursday, according to the CNN article “Internet cut as violence continues? by the Associated Press. Protests against the ruling government started in mid-August, and Thursday, military troops opened fire on protestors in the city of Yangon killing at least nine people. Friday, troops again, open fired on protestors. “Witnesses told CNN that police opened fire on crowds to disperse demonstrators resulting in fatalities,? the article read. One Western witness said he saw 35 bodies lying in the streets. The government cut Internet connections on Friday to prevent information and images of the violence from leaving the country.

The CNN article delivers primarily basic facts about the deadliest protests in a month that occurred Thursday and Friday morning. There seems to be no real organizational pattern to the article. The lead is written well and delivers facts, but more information could have been included. I felt like I was forced to read the whole article in order to fully understand what happened. It was hard to decipher if the article was talking about the Friday morning protests or the Thursday afternoon protests. While this article lacks organization, the sources used were credible. CNN also included many pictures, a timeline, and a very descriptive video of the shooting that occurred Thursday.

Another electronic source containing information about the Myanmar conflict is the article “Myanmar crowds taunt soldiers and police? from MSNBC.com and written by Reuters. The article has a much different layout and focus. The article does not focus on the Thursday shootings or even the Friday morning speculated causalities. The focus is on the “taunting? of soldiers by protesters, and the history behind the government. The article does make some mentioning of the restrictions put into place Friday morning in anticipation of more chaos. Several sources were included along with eyewitness accounts. Similar to the CNN article, this article is unorganized and all over the place. Again, I had to read the whole article to understand what the reporter was explaining. MSNBC.com also included pictures and a video of the news.

Both of these stories lacked organization. There is a lot of information coming in about the Myanmar conflict; however, the articles should have done a better job of organizing their content. Separate articles could have been used. Bullet points on important facts or even shortened stories would have made the stories much more interesting and readable.

September 21, 2007

Chile demands the extradition of former Peru president

By Ryan Prescher

On Friday, Chile’s Supreme Court ruled that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, 69, “must be extradited to face human rights and corruption charges in Peru? CNN and the Associated Press reported in “Peru’s Fujimori to be extradited to face death squad charges?. Fujimori was president from 1990-2000. He left Peru for Japan, then Chile after a quick economic decline and allegations of two human rights crimes. Peru requested extradition when Fujimori arrived in Chile five years ago. The Chilean court approved the charges from “the 1993 death-squad killings of nine students and a professor at La Cantuta University, and the 1991 killings of 15 people at Barrios Altos, a working-class neighborhood?.

The CNN article was very information based and more than likely was created using the inverted pyramid method. It was short and contained important facts in the beginning and background information towards the end. The AP wrote the article, and it contains only one source, a Justice of the Chilean courts. The article gives full details of the court’s decision, and answers who, what, when, where, and why.

The other source for information on this topic is the New York Times article “Court Approves Extradition of Fujimori? by Simon Romero. This article is very different from the CNN article. While the story is well written, the article is beyond lengthy. First, the headline means nothing to someone who has no former history of the human rights violations. Secondly, this article contains analysis about how this decision will affect the government and economic relationship between Chile and Peru. While the article delivers the same facts, they are not all at the beginning. Many facts exist throughout the article. There are several sources listed and links to outside sources for more information. Lastly, the article goes deeply into explaining Fujimori’s history and previous human rights violations of other presidents.

Both articles present the news, but the delivery of the information is very different. The CNN article is definitely geared towards readers who just want the facts because the information is at the beginning and very concise. On the other hand, the New York Times article is targeted towards readers who want more analysis and explanation because the facts are not given right away, there is analysis, and it is much longer than most news stories.

September 16, 2007

Jetliner crashes, killing 88 in Thailand

By Ryan Prescher

A passenger plane crashed Sunday afternoon in Phuket, Thailand carrying mostly foreign tourists. According to the article on MSNBC.com “88 killed in Thailand plane crash, official says? written by the Associated Press, a U.S. made McDonald-82 jetliner for the budget One-Two-Go Airline based in Thailand tried to land in pouring rain and poor visibility when it crashed. The plane was carrying 123 passengers, and 88 were confirmed dead.

The MSNBC.com article is well written and to the point considering how very little information and specifics are available about the crash. The article contains eyewitness accounts from several passengers on the plane, which make the story even more readable and captivating. One passenger commented on the amount of people he saw on fire. Another commented on how he knew even before landing that something was wrong with the plane. With the airline industry recently liberated within Thailand, the article makes mentioning of the booming business and about several airline accidents within the last few years. This added information in the article not only addresses the concern of safety about this crash, but of the entire budget airline industry. While the article is informative and very easy to read, several typos take notoriety away from the article and more importantly, MSNBC.

Another source with a multitude of information concerning the airplane crash is the CNN.com article “87 killed in Thai plane crash, officials say?. The title is almost the exact same with the exception of the death toll numbers. It is interesting to see that there are differing numbers on the total dead because the Associated Press provided the information for both articles. Similar to the headline, the information and sources are very similar to the MSNBC article because the Associated Press supplied the information; however, some information from the sources is different and explained better. For example, the CNN article has specific numbers about the foreigners injured and about their nationalities. The quotes from passengers aboard the flight are more descriptive and understandable. The CNN article also presents eight different pictures and a video about the crash. The CNN article does not include information about previous accidents in Thailand or about the budget airline boom.

Overall, both articles bring different positive aspects to the forefront. The CNN article allows for a more in-depth read with pictures and video, while the MSNBC.com article presents a news and fact based article with questions and analyses that are likely to stir debate.

September 7, 2007

Summer mystery leads to new allegations toward mother

By Ryan Prescher

Reported this morning on CNN.com was a news story regarding the summer kidnapping mystery of Madeleine McCann who disappeared on May 3 in Praia da Luz, Portugal where the McCann family was vacationing. “Madeleine’s mother ‘named as suspect’? by both CNN and the AP (Associated Press) said that Kate McCann, Madeleine’s mother, is a prime suspect in the kidnapping of her daughter. While no charges have been filed, in the article, it explains that police found samples of Madeleine’s blood in a rental car that the parents rented 25 days after the report of the kidnapping. This allegation comes months after the initial disappearance and with only one other named suspect. Until now, Kate and her husband, Gerry McCann, were considered witnesses. The article states, as told to Sky News by a family relative, Philomena McCann, “…they [officials] are suggesting that Kate has in some way accidentally killed Madeleine, then kept her body, then got rid of it?.

This story has been on the back burner for a few weeks but certainly has not disappeared. The article does a thorough job of quickly explaining what initially happened back in early May and then explains the situation that unfolded in Portugal on Friday and why police made this allegation; however, the article weakens itself by only referencing a couple sources, non of which are all too important. The article attributes one family member, the family lawyer, someone named Justine McGuiness, and a reporter from CNN with no credentials named Paula Hancocks. No government officials such as police or criminal investigators are quoted within the story, which takes away credibility. If Kate McCann is a suspect and police do have evidence, then wouldn’t it be logical to seek a criminal expert involved with the case? I would think so. While a family member such as Philomena McCann may be the spokesperson for the family and the lawyer may be working with officials, it would still seem important to quote someone on the inside with the facts leading to the allegation. For readers, this story, without official sources, may seem like tabloid non-sense.

While these allegations appear to be true, many other articles provide more information that is credible. Even though there are links between every article and the Associated Press, the The New York Times provides much more information and lists credentials while MSNBC actually has a confirmed police source with detailed information.