Political Rhetoric and Media

Term Paper 2014 8 Pages

Communications - Media and Politics, Politic Communications


Political Rhetoric and the Media Abstract

Politics marks the leadership of the globe and has been the order even during the days of monarchy (Wedeen, 1999). However, these days' leadership rest solely on the ability to persuade the public to share the same ideologies. The media have always covered the political developments that either project in the opposition of ideologies or advocate for them. Media have also been influenced by the agitation to avoid biases. This paper examines the effect of persuasion (rhetoric) on the general public with a case study of the American society. It also discusses the relations in the fields of politics, communication and media that has many a times been gruel.


In several measures, journalism has partnered with politics to make deliveries on what has evolved into one of the most dramatic activities in the global community; politics. Enthusiastic clarifications on the same have been made many a times with such pragmatic details that either create an aurier of superiority or dent the reputation of targeted figures. Journalism has portrayed politics as the game that defines the leadership of mankind and keeps us outstanding from the rest of animals. However, politics is far more than that. Political rhetoric could be described as the art and mastery of persuasion skills. It is the ability to inform and motivate listeners/audience to a particular conceptions or to convince the masses in sharing similar viewpoint. Its use has lasted since the 17th century, always employed to actualize or to achieve set targets. Together with logic and grammar, the said field was one of the first art's discourse of the ancient times. As such, it assumed a crucial role in the evolution of Western education (Aristotle, Roberts and Ross, 2010). Leadership of the modern society is very much defined by political rhetoric. The ability to persuade and win and flatter hearts influences the ballot to the favor of individuals skilled in the same. To say, it is hard to find a society led by the dumb.

Uses of Political Rhetoric

The art has been used by politicians very much influenced by the political atmospheres always to create a perception that earns victory or protect status quo (Wedeen, 1999). The art has been the biggest tool for leaders in such positions to spread propaganda and deceive the masses. That is mostly done just to cover ill cases that either harms the general well being of the society or punctures political aspirations of certain individuals. Often have societies thrived on such deceit always convinced of certain repercussions and the enlightened ability of the individual. Propaganda has proved to be the biggest tool in eluding tricky situations and diverting attention of the general public to other matters of less significance (Aristotle, Roberts and Ross, 2010). Again,rhetoric has also been in use to enlighten the masses. Many a times, this is executed by the opposing leaders who always seek to expose the scams and misdeeds of sitting leadership to seek the favor of the citizenry in the ballot. Exposing the weaknesses of the ruling power always makes the opposing leaders assume positions of strength, capacity, agility, and ability (Charteris, 2006).



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