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Take decisive action against terrorists, hillary asks pakistan Content Characteristics: Optimistic tone (“Pakistani authorities did not know about Osama’s presence in Pakistan”, “the US wanted a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan”) Bias towards US, contains only US sources Sources: US Secretary Hillary Clinton, Mike Mullen (Admiral, US Joint Chiefs of Staff) Audience views/Public Opinion: quotes Hillary acknowledging “differences exist with Pakistan on some issues”, states US wants Pakistan to aid in fight against terrorism.
Mike Mullen dashes to pakistan, Hillary due on friday Content Characteristics Language: “dashes” evokes urgency, “reconciliatory” statement implies US is attempting to right a wrong Bias: fairly objective Sources: President Barack Obama, unspecified “reports” Audience Views/Public Opinion: Hillary is said to be coming to Pakistan to “ease the tensions”, evokes idea of strife between US/PAK relationship
Hillary’s visit helped remove misunderstandings: FO Content Characteristics: Misleading lead- Story does not mention any clarification of misunderstandings, rather the topic of the visit (drone attacks, national sovereignty) is mentioned Sources: Pakistan Foreign office spokesperson TehminaJanjua Audience Views/Public Opinion: Story says “relations with US have recently been bumpy,” evokes idea that relationship is strained
Summary The 3 news stories are fairly objective, relying on mainly US sources. This could be due to the fact that the stories are in English and reach either English-speaking natives or Western audiences. These news stories seem to reflect the result of the “Pakistani Public Opinion on Democracy” study by the Institute of Peace and WorldPublicOpinion.org where a majority of Pakistanis don’t believe the US can be trusted to act responsibly. The longer lasting affects of US/Pak talks will remain to be seen post Osama bin Laden.