Bias in media discourse: Media Coverage of Palestine’s Membership in the United Nations

Rim Ezzina


This paper analyzes news articles and more precisely a textual analysis of the coverage of an international event which is the Palestinian membership in the United Nations as seen from CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera. Relying on a combination of functional grammar and critical discourse analysis, this study investigates the discourse of each network regarding the Palestinian and Israeli people to demonstrate that news is (or can be) socially constructed and that reality in the press is more about opinions and propositions than facts.


Media discourse, Critical discourse analysis, Functional grammar, Transitivity.

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