(This is the script for the slides focusing on the American Broadcast media coverage)
While doing this project I have studied 18 videos from four American news channels.
Videos from the top three American news channels ABC, CBS and NBC, and CNN international have been analyzed for this project.
I have based my report and findings on these18 news report alone, therefore any conclusion or that I have drawn are strictly aimed at critiquing these selective videos.
My analysis discusses the positives and negatives of these news reports based on
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News channel Number of videos News angle
IRAN US OTHERS
CNN Int 6 2 2 1
ABC 4 0 4
CBS 4 1 3
NBC 4 1 3
Out of the 4 stories having an Iranian angle – the NBC story was an example of good Journalism. It discussed the actual effects any sanctions would have on the people of Iran.
One of the CNN story called “Iran’s War games” starts off with an Iranian angle but soon gets too engaged in the western reactions to the Iranian missile launch.
CNN covered the entire affair in a very wholesome manner. The news angles taken are evidence to the kind of balanced coverage given to both the parties.
News reports titled ‘Iran’s war games’ ’and ‘Iran blasted for nuclear program’ were two reports done by CNN having an Iranian perspective. There were comments from Iranian officials.The comments of Iranian president whose were also used in this report.
While the news report – Iran blasted for nuclear program is very finely balanced with reaction and counter reaction exchanged between Iran and US and other western countries.
The report ‘Iran’s war games’ is just a reactionary report of the American countries.
Overall all the American news channels were very focused on the American side of the story.
The sources used by a majority of the American broadcasters were very prompt and accurate when it came to predicting the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Their analysis were spot on.
Example: David Albright on CBS accurately gazed that Iran was 2 years away from making any nuclear weapons.
Example: Ray Takeyh from council on foreign relation gave 2 very valid and foreseeing suggestions.
Hesuggested that Russia and china would have to be made key allies and that Oil and extraction technology related sanction would to more successful in subduing Iran’s nuclear agenda.
The sources were mostly Americans. There were American officials, people working in think tanks like new America Foundation and council on foreign relations who came on news bulletins offering suggestions and predictions on a regular basis.
At the same time none of the Iranian authorities were questioned. Every report had only one clip or source that was Iranian while the rest all were Americans. Almost at an average of 1 out 4 sources was an Iranian.
Examples: there were only 4 Iranian officials and who made an appearance on the international and American television news.
Mahmoud ahmedinijad being, Saeed Jalili [Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Hasan Qashqavi [Iran’s foreign minister] and Iran’s defense minister whose name was too unimportant for a CBS reporter to even mention.
The Iranian’s claimed that they had informed the IAEA 18 months ago, while the American dated the Iranian disclosure to a week back. The distortion of claims from both sides was never clarified using a proper source from the IAEA
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There were a couple of outstanding reports like the CNN report titled “Iran blasted for nuclear program”
Though the name does sound aggressive and opinionated the actual report is a very balanced one. The report involves a series of reactions and counter reactions, leaving the audience to decide the scene for themselves.
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