May 22, 2004

CULTURALLY-APPROPRIATE BIAS AT THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: MedienKritik has an interesting example of headline tailoring to suit a German audiience:

The biased agenda of AP Germany is in full display in this headline, referring to a speech by Yassir Arafat broadcast live on Palestinian television:

Arafat Confirms Willingness to Peace (Arafat bekräftigt Friedensbereitschaft)

Compare this to the headline of AP’s English version, referring to the same speech:

Arafat Makes Call to ‘Terrorize’ Enemy

Even the Palestine National Authority’s press center makes no attempt to identify a “willingness to peace” in Arafat’s speech:

Well, that would be hard.

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