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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  • KxBk6U

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

  • KxBk6U

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

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    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.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JKBFBUNR5ZCL74HVJMAEI77ADQ E E

      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. 

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Thanks, at least that makes more sense now…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JKBFBUNR5ZCL74HVJMAEI77ADQ E E

    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. 

  • Haystack

    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. 

  • Haystack

    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. 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, at least that makes more sense now…

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

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

  • BuzzCoastin

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

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