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Comparison Of Tv News And Newspaper Positions The Viewer/Reader

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Any forms of news are shaped to make the viewer or reader have the same beliefs and values as the person who made it. This makes all sources of news selected representations because they are trying to make you feel the same way about an event as them. To gain a full appreciation of a news issue, it is necessary to view a wide range of sources so that you would get a better understanding on the issue. The reason why it is like this is because each news source represents the issue in a certain way so they can position you to think the way they want you to.The WIN news is biased towards the Australians stuck over in Lebanon. It shows that it is biased by not showing any interviews with Israel or Hezbollah representatives. The only people that seem to get interviewed are the Australian people that were trapped over in Southern Lebanon. The story focuses on Israel's push into Lebanon and the Australians that got rescued during the cease fire. When the news reporter says,"Australia takes advantage of the break in the bombing but that break is already over"Israel had only given a short time of cease fire to give people in the bomb stricken areas time to leave. At the end of the sentence the news reporter says, but that break is already over, makes the viewer think that the Israeli forces didn't give the people enough time to leave and that they don't care who is trapped in the areas they bomb. The reporter then says "civilians in south Lebanon are 'desperate' and 'angry'"With the words 'desperate' and 'angry' the people in southern Lebanon are in need of support and transport out of the area and are angry that their isn't any transport or help. This makes you think that the Israelis don't care who they kill as long as they kill Hezbollah soldiers.The news reporter uses emotive language to describe what is happening in a certain way."As far north as the biblical town of Baalbeck near the Syrian border, a battle is said to be raging around the local hospital."When it says the 'biblical town' you would interpret it as a holy and ancient town. Then at the end of the sentence it says 'a battle is said to be raging around the local hospital'. When they use the word 'raging' it makes you picture that there is a fierce battle happening. The sentence positions you to be angry at both sides because they are fighting in a holy, ancient town around a hospital, which is a place that helps the injured.TV News uses pictures as well as words to position the audience. WIN news does this in their presentation as well. When the reporter has just finished talking about Israel not giving the people in Southern Lebanon enough time to get out, they show pictures of soldiers and tanks moving into Southern Lebanon. This shows that Israel is eager to finish the fight and because of that they don't care who is still trapped in the war zone which makes the audience angry at Israel because that don't care about innocent lives. To make us feel even more sympathetic towards the...

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