Saturday, November 03, 2007

Quick hits on the framing front

Not a real surprise to see this bit of phrasing in the Beeb's coverage of Pakistan's latest fall from the democratic water wagon:

Pakistan has been engulfed in political upheaval in recent months, and the security forces have suffered a series of blows from pro-Taleban militants opposed to Gen Musharraf's support for the US-led "war on terror".

That sort of distancing-by-quote has been increasingly finding its way into mainstream news discourse (starting, and still most notable, on edit and op-ed pages). What's really weird is seeing it on Fox:

Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country of 75 million people, has NATO’s second-largest army, is a key ally in America’s "war on terror" and provides a vital supply route for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yeez! Either mere anarchy is loosed upon the world or it's bread and water for the FoxNews copydesk. That's strange.


Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...


The center -- er, the far right cannot hold.

8:18 PM, November 03, 2007  

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