Article below is from the news site of CNN. I am trying to do an analysis of the writing techniques used in this article, as a sample, to understand how msms through their apparently innocent articles, instill the toxicity they like to spread. We the mere mortals, subconsciously are being subject to this type smear campaign and fall for it without realizing the frailty of mind.
I will look at the article para by para and see how it is written. My texts are brackets.
(Para 1: Article starts like this, referencing to the picture above):
(CNN) Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, the Black Sea and a balcony corner of the Bocharov Ruchey State residence in Sochi.
(I removed last part of first sentence and the second sentence of para 1 which added below, as in the site):
Para 1 original:
CNN: Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, the Black Sea and a balcony corner of the Bocharov Ruchey State residence in Sochi, a favorite of the Kremlin head. You can also see one of Putin’s many luxury watches peeking out from under his shirt, this one perhaps a Blancpain $10,000 piece, one that is often spotted on his wrist, according to activists.
(What is the difference between the two paras? So at the end of first sentence, it is adding, ‘Sochi, a favorite to Kremlin head’. Then in the second sentence we see the smearing and demonizing of Putin started, right after we were told that he is meeting Bashar. First with the introduction to a luxury watch, then with its price range, and brand name, making it apparently impossible for a president of a country to wear, and then referencing this info source to some ‘activists’. You may ask who are these activists? Writer himself maybe!
Lets analyze this, first you start with the place, then added ‘favorite’, with this reader already in question mind, why is it favorite? What specifics are there to make it favorite. As a reader you are beginning to be doubtful about a person who is called as ‘Kremlin head’, some title, not sounding respecting at the least. If we compare it with a hypothetical sentence like: Barak Obama…residence in Camp David, a favorite to White House head. But it sounds weird, isn’t it? Well because we dont read this type of sentence for Barry, anywhere. By this time, after reading this one sentence, you are already in your negative state about the person. Then comes the hammer blow, the infamous watch! How on earth a president of poor country like Russia wear a watch, which price and brand is also given here. We are also told that he has many of these watches as well! It says, that this watch is perhaps at the lower end of price, only at 10 thousand! We poor readers already started imagining those luxury watches we only see on the magazine back covers and high street shop windows. We decided by this time that we are reading about a person who is either a thief or a corrupt president. The next part of the article already achieved its objective. Whatever is written there doesn’t matter to me. I trust the reader, and dont trust the President.)
Para 2 original:
Yet the context is as important as the timing. On Wednesday Putin is due to welcome Iran’s Hassan Rouhani and Turkey Recip Tayyip Erdogan — a noticeably small list of guests that leaves out the US and Europe — to the same Black Sea resort to discuss a political settlement in Syria.
(In para 2 it is giving the context)
Para 3 (i removed some part like para 1):
Here, on Monday, he met with Syria’s Assad, the victor without many spoils.
Para 3 original:
Here, on Monday, he met with Syria’s Assad — a man widely recognized as behind the deaths of thousands of his own citizens, but now, even after five years of savage sectarian warfare, the victor without many spoils.
(So in para 1, after the reader become sure that they are reading about a corrupt president, in the third para we are reading now about the other President! Now, what is special about this president? It is clear, he is killer. He is behind killing of own citizens, he is a savage. No mention about our beloved west who purported the war as a proxy to over through the president and killed and displaced millions. That is another story. So with the para 1 and 3 we are now reading about the two main actors of the article, one is a thief and other is the killer. We now trust the writer, and from our heart despise these two monsters of presidents!)
Monday’s meeting was presumably to explain to Assad what a Russian-brokered political settlement in Syria would look like, and perhaps for Moscow to hear input from Damascus before the real power brokers in this proxy war meet Wednesday to forge a deal.
The Assad regime now controls most of the cities that it practically can, or that remain standing and desirable, despite Assad once expressing ambitions to retake the entire country.
Other northwestern areas are held by Turkish-backed rebels, and in the northeast, US-backed Syrian Kurds control much of the territory.
These Sochi talks are likely to spell out these internal borders. But they will also address Turkey’s ambitions for the awkward northwestern part, where Syria’s tormented and disenfranchised majority — its Sunnis — have a homeland of sorts.