Rhetoric: How Politicians Manipulate Language and the Media to Shape Public Thought

Abstract

This essay analyzes how politicians use the art of political rhetoric and framing to alter public opinion and the media‘s receptiveness to the rhetoric. By analyzing the way politicians have used the terms “global climate change,†“tax relief,†“the war on terror,†“theory,†“torture vs. abuse,†and the language framing abortion and controversial George W. Bush administration policies, the essay shows how politicians can use the power of words to gain political support from the public. The analysis then turns to the media’s failure to act as a middle ground for the public. The essay examines how the media, due to the influence of money, does not offer an unbiased opinion. Finally, the essay explores the media’s failure to act as an extra-constitutional “check and balance†to government’s power.
Published
2017-02-24
How to Cite
. Rhetoric: How Politicians Manipulate Language and the Media to Shape Public Thought. Hinckley Journal of Politics, [S.l.], v. 8, feb. 2017. ISSN 2163-0798. Available at: <http://epubs.utah.edu/index.php/HJP/article/view/3772>. Date accessed: 20 may 2019.
Section
Student Papers