Essay on Media Analysis of Coverage of One Event

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Media Analysis of Coverage of One Event In various articles written about Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco’s visit to Cuba, the emphases are placed on different points, as the event is described from various angles. The Cuban newspaper Granma goes into more depth about Blanco and her entourage’s activities during their visit to Cuba, as well as giving a more detailed background of pertinent information about United States-Cuba relations, in the context of the embargo. La Nueva Cuba approaches the event from a different angle by providing more specifics about how this particular transaction will take place. There is also a brief compare and contrast of the ways that the United States and other nations choose to deal with Cuba,…show more content…
The journalist appears to be attempting to create the image that Cuba has the upper-hand and is in control of the situation. A similar depiction of this Cuban dominance is shown by the description of Governor Blanco having signed an agreement with Alimport, as opposed to Alimport and Governor Blanco signing the agreement together. Again, this minor difference in phrasing simultaneously suggests both a vested interest and compliance on the side of the United States. Of course, this image of the US is one that would hardly come across in US domestic papers. Just as a depiction of a strong Cuba boosts Cuban nationalism, so too does the representation of the United States as an omnipotent force. Essentially, especially in conservative domestic sources, it does not pay to weaken one’s own nation—being a paper tiger is better than being no tiger at all. At first glance, “Cuba planea esquivar reglas de importación con Estados Unidos,” already shows a marked difference between the articles in Granma and La Nueva Cuba. Instead of the United States proposing the deal between Louisiana and Cuba, the depiction is that Cuba openly accepts and appreciates the new plan. The two articles from Cuban sources share the same statistics—that Louisiana will be providing 10,000 tons of rice and 160 tons of powdered milk—, neither
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