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An analysis of an interview - David Dimbleby interviews Donald Rumsfeld: Panorama special.

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An analysis of an interview - David Dimbleby interviews Donald Rumsfeld: Panorama special The Iraqi crisis has been a much talked about issue for a very long time. The U.N has sent out people to seek out information about the Saddam Hussein regime, and what he was 'getting up to'. Many arguments and disputes where all over this issue. Countries who where opposed to this where called cowards - maybe they where just sensible. Interviews have been taken, which are about this big issue. David Dimbleby interviewed Donald Rumsfeld - The ministry of defence for the U.S.A. From this interview I am able to examine how the media works around this issue. The first I noticed was the setting in which this interview was in. It looked very homely, but at the same time, quite professional. In the background I could see a number of nations flags; including an American flag. As there is a series of flags in the setting, this must mean that it is quite a professional area - as you probably wouldn't find a series of flags in some ones home. ...read more.


As well as the setting being a major part in this interview, the actual interviewing plays an even bigger part. Dimbleby tend to be very cunning and waits for the perfect moment to attack on the interviewee, giving them tricky and potential slippery questions. He brings up the point, 'But didn't America sell weapons to Iraq?' This point is a very good one, as it makes the American spokesman to become under pressure. However, Rumsfeld does deal with this pressure very well, and controls the debate to his willingness. If Rumsfeld doesn't want to answer a question, he avoids them, only half answering question. This could be a problem as it allows Dimbleby to provoke Rumsfeld even more. It could be possible that before the interview terms and conditions were signed so that Dimbleby may not have been allowed to ask what he liked. This would have meant that Rumsfeld had the opportunity to control the debate exactly how he wanted to. ...read more.


As he uses them, it makes him sound very American. By this I mean, that in England, for example, you have really posh people, who speak almost completely different to normal everyday people. However in America, you don't really get this vast difference - except colloquialism - of the posh or important people to regular everyday people. As well as using phrases, Rumsfeld also used a lot of gestures to emphasis the points he was trying to make. This is a good idea, as when he moves his hands to make the gestures, it brings the audiences attention to him, as it may catch the audiences' eye. As you can see, the difference in culture is very easy to see. However, what ever the differences, these important people are what us everyday citizens rely on. It is important that the media portray them in the right way, however, there is becoming more and more times where important people are using the media to their advantage by using propaganda. Alan Milner 10ADS English Coursework 'An analysis of an interview - David Dimbleby interviews Donald Rumsfeld: Panorama special - June 2nd '03' 1 of 2 ...read more.

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