AT&D #18. Storytelling News: Broadcast vs. Print

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Find a broadcast and print story on the same subject. Share links to both. How are the stories similar? How are they different? Is critical information missing from either story?

News Topic: “ISIS calls for Lone Wolves”

Broadcast and print media: Fox News and Daily Mail respectively Upon viewing the broadcast and reading the story regarding the news topic, I found many similarities and differences concerning what information was revealed/discussed. Among the similarities I found, both focused on how the militant group intends to spread its propaganda and recruit “lone wolves.” In the case of the former, the broadcast explains how ISIS is using social media to deliver its messages over to radicalize Americans and warn others of their intentions (threats). The written article mentions this intermittedly, focusing mainly on the recruiting aspect.

In the case of the latter, the broadcast and article differ with regards to the two approaches of ISIS recruiting lone wolves. To elaborate, Fox News explains one method where soldiers training in the U.S. (from different countries) may flee from their duties and establish a new life in the West, where their already alien-views of the U.S. may be grounds for exploiting via the propaganda that they may become exposed to. Daily Mail, on the other hand, talks about the opposite scenario, where American soldiers who fight in Syria, may become radicalized (couple this with their war stress, they too could pose as a risk to the safety of the U.S. when they return to their homeland).

Either way, ISIS recruiting and influencing Americans and non- Americans to join their ranks presents itself as an internal issue for the U.S. (not external, as Daily Mail claims that there is no evidence that the militant group will fight on U.S. soil) as it seems clear that they want violence to be done on their behalf. Furthermore, Daily Mail also goes into detail that Syria is a key training ground for radicals in the Middle East and affliated/non-affliated terrorist groups whereas Fox News focuses on the actual threats conveyed by the messages sent by ISIS, a differing point in discussion but not one where extremely crucial information is missing (as this topic frequently is being covered, more updates are added).

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