The Media’s Language Of Persuasion

Parapolitical notes the contrasting linguistic framing used by the Associated Press in two stories five decades apart:

How does the Associated Press choose which unanimous votes to dismiss as the slavish resolutions of a rubber-stamp parliament and which to praise as examples of bipartisan cooperation?

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12 Comments on "The Media’s Language Of Persuasion"

  1. Comparing these two articles is like comparing apples and 60-year-old apples

  2. Comparing these two articles is like comparing apples and 60-year-old apples

  3. Anonymous | Jun 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm |

    Geeez, how hard could it have been to find much more recent examples of biased political journalism tricks? 

    Seems more like they’re working hard to make an otherwise valid point -irrelevant.

  4. GoodDoktorBad | Jun 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm |

    Geeez, how hard could it have been to find much more recent examples of biased political journalism tricks? 

    Seems more like they’re working hard to make an otherwise valid point -irrelevant.

    • Throughout the Cold War the western media typically used parliamentary resolutions passed by acclaim (unanimous votes) to mock Eastern European governments as mock legislature and “rubber-stamp” parliaments. I think the point of the juxtaposition was to look at how standards of today emulate those of countries we branded dictatorships a half-century ago. True, though, that most people lack the historical frame-of-reference to understand that equation. 

  5. Throughout the Cold War the western media typically used parliamentary resolutions passed by acclaim (unanimous votes) to mock Eastern European governments as mock legislature and “rubber-stamp” parliaments. I think the point of the juxtaposition was to look at how standards of today emulate those of countries we branded dictatorships a half-century ago. True, though, that most people lack the historical frame-of-reference to understand that equation. 

  6. Maybe they’re framed differently because the context was, in fact, different. Not every instance of the same event should be reported the same way. 

    I had a dream last night, but it didn’t get nearly as much AP coverage as when Martin Luther King had one. 

  7. Maybe they’re framed differently because the context was, in fact, different. Not every instance of the same event should be reported the same way. 

    I had a dream last night, but it didn’t get nearly as much AP coverage as when Martin Luther King had one. 

  8. Anonymous | Jun 25, 2011 at 12:26 am |

    Thanks, at least that makes more sense now…

  9. The last few weeks of Disinfo articles have been Disappointing; this being a prime example.

  10. BuzzCoastin | Jun 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm |

    The last few weeks of Disinfo articles have been Disappointing; this being a prime example.

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