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Borroni 1 Edward Borroni Jarvis Speech 1000 12/10/10 The Wikileaks Scandal and the Bias Followed An article in the communications journal, Quill , states how “it is virtually impossible for humans to be completely objective (Tallent).” Proof of this statement is the fact that ever since media and news distribution has existed, it has included an element of bias. Be it through television, computer, newspaper, or even word of mouth, as long as there have been humans trying to convey a point to other humans, they always have and always will twist and contort the information in ever so subtle ways in order to make whatever they are displaying appear to their own advantage, or to the advantage of the group they are defending. “Research indicates that perceptions of bias can be influenced by such factors as partisanship, media reliance and interpersonal factors (Golan 17).” It is an inevitable part of human media and can either be ignored, or appreciated for what it is conveying. However the important part of understanding this bias is being able to recognize it and discard it when it is casting information in an unfair or untrue light. That is exactly what the issue is with the recent Wikileaks controversy. It and all of the news stories that came from it are undoubtedly extremely biased either in favor of the soldiers and the war, or against it. Wikileaks and the various news sources that covered the issue used several media strategies, to contort this long and complex issue, and even the video footage itself, into an object of power and persuasion for the point of view of the groups that are displaying it.
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Borroni 2 An effective way to create bias and change information is language choice. Loaded words alone often have the power to change a person’s view of an issue. An article from the Journal of Intercultural Communications states how “news language develops its own unique national as well as international style when covering ambiguously-perceived, global events. Newspapers may apply specific lingual earmarks by portraying protagonists in a more favorable or rather disadvantageous light, or by utilizing unique terms (Wilhelm).” Language is a primary way in which the various groups covering the issue used bias and distorted the information that was
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