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How can one distinguish between factual reporting, interpretation and distortion when reading articles?

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How can one distinguish between factual reporting, interpretation and distortion when reading articles? I have chosen the Iraqi-American conflict as my topic for this essay, I think that these two countries have a lot of history and are in constant conflict. The sources that I have chosen are from CNN.com, which is more or less neutral, since it's international, MSNBC.com, which will give us the American perspective, and Islam Online, which will give us the Islamic perspective. Each article will change some of the words to suit their country and their readers, and to please them, and make them look good. ...read more.

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The US also says "Evidence against Saddam" as if they had a lot of evidence, but they really don't have any evidence of what Saddam wants to do. Also most pictures of The Iraqi leader Saddam are drawn to make him look bad, with an evil grin on his face, suggesting us that he is an evil man with bad intentions. Now we move on to CNN, which was found in America, but its considered to be neutral as it is International, and not just in the US, but of course its going to be probably a little bit biased towards the USA. ...read more.

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Lastly we move to the Islam Online news, we would expect to see quite a biased view on the subject. In order to fit Islamic readers, things like "Washington Skeptical over Iraqi declaration" were added to the news. This is made to calm down the Islamic population, since they fear an attack, and that skeptical is supposed to calm them down, when the Bush has said things like "I am sick and tired of Saddams games" and has actually wanted to attack Iraq from day one. This distortion was made not to alarm the Muslim public and keep them within their borders. Being able to analyze data like this is a very useful skill, as it can be used everyday when reading the news, and we can distinguish factual reporting from distortion and interpretation. ...read more.

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