Critical Discourse Analysis of US Newspapers’ Representations of Pakistan

Samia Manzoor, Muhammad Ashraf Khan & Sarwat Jabeen



The present study aims to investigate the lexical choices used by The Washington Post and The New York Times to portray Pakistan in the editorials. It is based on critical discourse analysis of the newspapers’ text to reveal hidden ideologies. The data was collected from 12th September 2001 to 31st December 2016. Total population of editorials of both the newspapers was 274, which were downloaded from Lexis Nexis data base. Fourteen sentences from the population were selected through multistage sampling technique. Fairclough’s (1989, 1995) models were adopted to analyze the content by using an inductive approach. The results showed that both the newspapers use derogatory and offensive terms and phrases to portray Pakistan. It was concluded that media of such nature is a gigantic contributor in developing a negative global image of Pakistan.

Keywords: Propaganda, Language, Lexical Choice, Newspaper, Ideology, CDA

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