Discourse analysis on how two north American news broadcast networks portray Muslims in relation to U.S. Travel ban
Palabras clave:Discourse Analysis, Muslims, Mass Media, Racism, Discursive Strategies
Mass media‘s coverage of events may not be as objective as one would think. The tendency to shape information as per one‘s necessity is not something uncommon since mass media is controlled by powerful groups, who seek to be portrayed in a favoring manner to the viewers. While they were favoring themselves, they may had damaged others‘ image, this case, Muslims‘. This research study was carried out to demonstrate which type of discourse CNN and Fox News employed to portray Muslims in relation to the U.S. travel ban through 2017. For this to be possible, an analysis of transcriptions was done, based on Ruth Wodak‘s discursive strategies for positive self- and negative other-representation. In addition, a comparison was made to discover the type of discourse employed by both networks. It was found that there was a tendency to repetitively use the distinction of ̳us vs. them‘ to favor US‘s image and diminish Muslims‘ as well as the constant employment of labels with negative connotations to refer to Muslims. By doing this, the idea that they are the ̳enemy‘, the ̳bad guys‘ may had been reinforced to the audience.
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