All news outlets have something different to say than the other. Some news outlets have completely different news than the others. Other outlets portray news differently. Differently funded news take opposing sides of situations. For instance, Al-Jazeera, BBC, and English Ahram have different ways of giving the reader information about the Egyptian Revolution. Media affects global reactions and has an effect on how issues are viewed by different readers.
As seen in Al-Jazeera article, it states that the revolution was a “military coup”. The article’s headline is “Massacre in Egypt deepens crisis”. It explains how the coup was to be peaceful, but ended up taking a different chaotic turn. The article shows sympathy towards the Muslim Brotherhood. While on the other hand BBC states that it was a “mass protest”. The BBC page, with no given author (for political reasons) states, “His [Morsi’s] first year as president has been marred by constant political unrest and a sinking economy,” giving evidence to their siding with the protesters against Morsi. It shows us pictures supporting the protesters. Its images show how many people dislike Morsi and even a Muslim veiled woman holds a crossed out picture him. Other pictures show his picture with a shoe on it, showing how much of a disgrace he is to Egypt.
Different media support different sides. Media outlets tend to exaggerate or become bias at some point. If the reader was not Egyptian or within the region of the event, their view on the event would be based on the media they watch. For instance, if a foreigner is totally clueless about the Egyptian Revolution read Al-Jazeera, they would probably think that Egyptians are violent and that Morsi was misjudged or mistreated. Whereas, if the same foreigner read BBC, they would interpret the cause of the protest and think that Morsi was a cause of the downfall of Egypt. This is why it is important to view different media outlets to get all kinds of points of view. This helps the reader know more, instead of only knowing one view and thinking it’s the only view. This allows us to side with the right people and know more about what’s actually happening and not just what is told to us.
By Rozaline Beshay