How Media Headlines Reframe Israel’s Responsibility in the War on Gaza


  Headlines are an integral part of every media story. They essentially act as the narrative’s compass, guiding every readers’ perception before they even dive into the story’s depths. With the ongoing war in Gaza, it’s crucial to critically analyze not only the source of information and casualty figures, but also the framing of headlines. Often, these headlines intentionally omit crucial details, shaping the narrative, and potentially influencing our understanding of the situation. Media and politics have been intertwined for ages, shaping how news reaches the public. This gave rise to communication theories like “agenda-setting,” which explores how media choices influence which stories get attention and shape public opinion. A crucial part of this theory is “gatekeeping,” where editors act as gatekeepers, deciding what news passes through to the public based on their own judgment of “newsworthiness.” By choosing what to emphasize and how to portray it, editors can nudge public perception in specific directions. For example, one essential technique for critically analyzing headlines is to ask “why?”. This crucial question often gets omitted, obscuring the root cause of events. Media coverage of the devastation in Gaza might neglect to…

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