Thesis Statements: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Analyze, evaluate, and rank the following (from best to worst). Be prepared to defend your placings!
CNS ran 6 conservative articles written by staff writers. Fox News ran 4 conservative articles, one staff-written, and one AP article. The Washington Post ran one unbiased AP article. The Guardian ran one liberal article, as did Deutsche Welle, both written by staff writers.
The coverage of the incident was pretty much what one might expect. The conservative news sources covered it in a conservative way. The liberal papers covered it with a liberal slant.
When Bush canceled his trip to Switzerland, the media reported the incident with varying degrees of interest and from a variety of perspectives. More conservative American news sources such as Fox and CNS provided the most coverage, and while their reporting was initially only slightly biased, it became more and more conservative in the following week. Other American news outlets, even the more liberal leaning ones, tended to be supportive of Bush and dismissive of the Swiss movement to have him arrested. Only the international papers, The Guardian and Deutsche Welle recognized the legitimacy of the Swiss claims, and portrayed the cancellation as a decision made out of fear of prosecution.
The coverage of former president George W. Bush’s canceled trip to Switzerland was sparse. The conservative news sources had the most to say on the subject, while the more liberal news outlets only ran one article each. This is not that surprising, however, since there were more important things going on at the time, like the uprising in Egypt.
The news reports concerning George W. Bush’s trip to Switzerland clearly indicate the fact that American news sources, even those considered more liberal, rallied around the former republican president, and were critical of the presumptuous Swiss attempt to arrest him. Predictably, the British and German newspapers, which are prejudiced against the United States in the first place, tried to paint Bush as a guilty war criminal who was running scared.
CNS wrote one unbiased article, but then wrote a series of articles that were more conservative in their slant, and used the logical fallacies of slippery slope and reductio ad absurdum, which weakened their points considerably. Fox News reporting followed the same pattern, publishing one good Associated Press article, and then three more problematic ones that were clearly slanted and appealed quite brazenly to pathos in a way that was meant to manipulate the audience into supporting Bush based on patriotic rather than legal grounds. The Washington Post was less biased, but still seemed to go out of its way to support Bush and make the Swiss look foolish, which oddly goes against their usual liberal bias. CNN also did pretty much the same thing, since it ran a similar AP article, although it attempted, through its ambiguous picture, to maintain its liberal slant to some degree. The Guardian was more critical of Bush and more supportive of the Swiss in its writing than the American news sources, but the picture, headline, and caption of its article make it obvious that this paper is vehemently anti-Bush, as it sets the former president up as a Hitler-like figure. Deutsche Welle, too, attempts to vilify Bush, not only in its picture, which makes Bush look as if he is hiding behind the American flag, and the headline, which mentions the buzzword “torture,” but also in its uncomplimentary portrayal of Bush in the article itself.
The articles that reported the cancelation of former president George W. Bush’s trip to Switzerland were largely the same, covering the same basic points, and usually including all or parts of the same quotations. However, when more closely analyzed, certain instances of bias were apparent in all articles. This was most subtle in the American coverage directly after the cancellation was announced. The conservative bias that permeated the American coverage became more apparent in the days that followed. The international sources were somewhat more shameless in their liberal-slanted reporting.
News coverage of former president George W. Bush’s aborted trip to Switzerland was uneven, with the American news outlets giving it far more attention than their international counterparts. American coverage also tended to be more supportive of Bush than the international articles, and while one might have expected the more liberal news sources to take the opportunity to criticize Bush, in fact the more conservative news outlets were the ones that returned to the issue again and again, while the liberal sources tended to run only one, fairly objective article on the story.
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