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Eduardo Barajas SID# 20613036 READ ALL ABOUT IT American newspapers such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times can manipulate the thoughts of their audience by simply using their credibility. They have gained their credibility from being one of the main sources of news and information for people across the state and across the nation. As a result, these newspapers play an important role in the 2008 presidential election by having the ability to goad their audience’s minds in order to favor their candidate of their choice. Through analyzing The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, it has become apparent that all three newspapers highly favor the democratic candidate Barack Obama for the presidency. The New York Times is a daily-published newspaper that is distributed internationally. Along with their close to 1.5 million readers across the world, The New York Times has also won the Pulitzer Prize, regarded as “the highest national honor in newspaper journalism.” 98 times. (Wikipedia.org). This accredited publication supports the Democratic Party and was “ insufficiently critical of the George W. Bush Administration” in the articles covering the Iraq war. (wikipedia.org). Already knowing where this publication stands on political issues according to wikipedia, it is clear that Barack Obama is highly favored on the articles. Although there is no significant difference in the number of articles between the two candidates, the contents of the articles is drastically different when referring to each candidate. The photographs of both candidates are different in that McCain is constantly shot from up close as though he were busy. Obama, on the other hand, is repeatedly shot with the background showing and shot
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from below to give him an angelic and warm feel with his audience. Obama is always spoken of as being calm and taking criticism without having to argue. McCain, on the other hand, is talked about negatively in mostly all the articles. In “ Palin: Obama Is ‘Palling Around With Terrorists’”, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is commenting on Obama’s affiliation with William C. Ayers, a former member of the radical Weathermen. Obama’s committee explained that Ayers was only affiliated with Obama through ” mutual education projects in Chicago.”
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