Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The power of he who manipulates language...

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.



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!