How Propaganda Influenced People Thinking

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Chapter 4. Data presentation, discussion, analysis
The results of this analysis have revealed three themes; how propaganda influenced peoples thinking, how framing was used by media organisations throughout the troubles, how newspapers where bias when reporting and also how paramilitary groups used the media as a self-serving tool. The author will back these themes up with quotes from the transcripts and newspaper articles.
The authors aim in this research was to gather information from journalists who reported during the troubles and to analysis newspaper articles. The following conclusions have been found;
Propaganda
In relation to the media’s representation of propaganda, each respondents had mixed responses to this question, although more
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The people who carried it out the traumatic act would have celebrated the fact that it was recorded by cameramen and has been played to a worldwide audience, the same with all other major events of the troubles. It sad that such a sad event could even be thought of on terms of celebrating propaganda”. Another response from a female journalist (aged 59) was: “The troubles is defined as a propaganda war. When internment was introduced in 1971, things got a lot worse in Northern Ireland and response to growing violence from the IRA had backfired. British forces found themselves losing the battle for public opinion and held a meeting in London. Its job was to discredit the IRA wherever possible and it set up special briefings with journalists”. These respondents show how throughout the troubles, from 1971-1998 propaganda was widely used throughout every media organisation. This is similar to (Taylor, 2015) when he explains: “journalists were more than ever courted as allies in the war, not recorders of it. The Secretary of State is reported to have accused Sir Michael Swann, Chairman of the BBC, of the BBC showing disloyalty, supporting the rebels and purveying enemy …show more content…
On the other hand in an article in The Irish News (Jan 31, 1972) the day after ‘Bloody Sunday’ they had a headline saying “Priests Barred and Abused” this is something that would only happen in a Catholic newspaper, and it also makes the readers feel sympathy and more hatred for the British Army. Both of these articles show the typical reporting of newspapers from each perspective and they also reflect how propaganda was used to create feelings for paramilitary

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