Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The power of he who manipulates language...

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Here is newspeak as a lesson to writers on how to manipulate readers (the bolding is mine):

New York Times Sept 28th 2009

Iran was reported Monday to have test-fired long-range missiles capable of striking Israel and American bases in the Persian Gulf in what seemed a show of force.

Telegraph Jan 18, 2008

Israel has carried out the successful test launch of a long-range, ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, in what was intended as a clear show of strength to Iran.

Read the whole article at Salon here.

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4 comments:

Jo said...

Friends or enemies!!!!

Imagine me said...

What bothers me about this sort of bias is that most people accept it uncritically. I tried to teach my kids to look at any such statements and extract the facts. Don't know if I succeeded though.

RobB said...

I read the article in the "West" and immediately pre-ordered the book from Amazon.

Glenda Larke said...

Thank you!