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The Framing of the Protests in Cairo

The protests in Cairo, Egypt are very prominent in the public eye. The previous entries on the topic speak to how popular of an event this revolt is, and the significance of this current event.

The article that I found is titled, ” Third week of protests begins in Cairo” and I found it on the CNN website. The article seems to side with the goals of the protesters. This is shown through the quote from the star of the movie The Kite Runner, who has the fame, yet also knows what the protesters want. Even though they do give a little mention to Mubarak and those that believe he should remain in office, the article quickly switches to another victim of the government who was being detained.  The article works to keep the story relevant by adding additional and breaking news to the article. Along the side line there are two bullet points that highlight new developments in the story. This allows for fast, complete, and exciting news to be shared. In doing this CNN frames the story as something that is constantly evolving. This creates the need for readers to continue to check back and read more as the story evolves.

I feel that of all of the articles surrounding the turmoil in Cairo that this article frames it in a way that originally appears balanced in information, but really emphasizes the views and goals of the protesters. The facts are presented, and the information from both sides is written in a plain fashion without  a clear bias, yet the bias comes out when looking at how the article starts and ends by focusing on the victims of the government and those who want change.

 

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  1. tessdoez
    February 21, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Anne,
    Although I understand your initial reaction to interpret the article as balanced, I encourage you to look deeper than the surface to see how the article is actually framed. Any article this brief is going to rely on some kind of frame, even if it isn’t intended by the author. This article cannot possibly be presenting the whole picture since it is less than a page long. Some questions that can be helpful in determining how a news story is framed are: who is and who is not quoted in the article? Perhaps the facts are stated clearly and without bias, but which facts are highlighted and which are left out? Which points of view are included and which ones are left out? What do the pictures show, and what do they leave out. Even questions of order in the article are important, who speaks first, and who is given the most space/time? The only quotations in the article that you chose are negative critiques of the Mubarak government. Please rethink your analysis a bit and edit your post for credit–email me (tessdoez@gmail.com) when you have finished so that I can give you credit on Blackboard.

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