Date: 6th October 2000

CNN Playing (Bigger) Sides In Debate?

Republicans are charging that CNN intentionally gave Al Gore 6 percent more of the screen than George W. Bush during split-screen shots in Tuesday night's presidential debate.

Fox News Channel on Thursday quoted from an email note to Bush headquarters from Brian Propp, who described himself as a former TV station engineer and said that he measured the size of the images of Bush and Gore. "Its impact was to give Gore a more commanding presence on the screen, and Bush a visually reduced impact," Propp wrote.

Fox exec Warren Vandaveer confirmed Propp's measurements but remarked that the disparity may have been caused by inadvertent human error. Today's (Friday) Washington Post reported that CNN had acknowledged giving Gore more screen place but added, "It definitely was minuscule."

Source: Studio Briefing