Making headlines for over the past four decades, many of us know Arnold Schwarzenegger as he rose to fame as the world's top bodybuilder, launching a career that would make him a giant Hollywood star. After years of blockbuster movie roles, Schwarzenegger went into politics, becoming governor of California in 2003. Later in 2012, Schwarzenegger made headlines again when he admitted for the first time to having an affair with his family’s longtime housekeeper, Mildred Patricia Baena . Even though these media texts represent Arnold from a different perspective, both media texts use certain signifiers and language features influencing their audience to believe their perspective on Arnold Schwarzenegger.
According to CNN, Arnold Schwarzenneger is nothing more but a liar, an “expert in living in denial” and an irresponsible father and unfaithful husband. Arnold’s representation is exposed through the article’s headline, “Schwarzenegger admits habit of keeping secrets, including multiple affairs,” which immediately positions the reader to view Arnold as a liar without having to read on any further. Through certain words like ‘habit’,”keeping secrets’ and ‘including’, it shows that it is a norm for Arnold to constantly hide his secrets, but through the use of the word ‘incuding’ it indicates that there are many more secrets being hidden and his affair is only a part of his habit.
“Admitted that he wanted to hide”
“Admitted to cheating”
Admits two women he was involved with”
Through the use of repeating the word ‘admit’ the journalist wants to emphasise that Arnold had many unrevealed secrets that have finally been admitted, but it also indicates that Arnold still has many more secrets hidden to himself that are yet to be discovered. The action hero – turned politician once stated that his affair was “the stupidest thing”...