Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses

The reporting verbs and bias in the press

Alan Floyd Moore



This article describes one way in which news reports, apparently neutral, subtly show the personal preferences of journalists. It shows 1he way different people are reported using different reporting verbs, thus prejudicing readers' opinions in favour of or against them. It matters considerably whether the reporting verb is "professed" or "claimed", which have negative connotations, or "explained", "announced" or "pointed out", which have a more positive sound to them. Depending on the context, others, such as "asserted", "stated", "concluded", "argued", "promised and "maintained", are more neutral. In general, those reported favourably respond to a profile of Western, official, elite, establishment speakers.


Verbos de lengua; Lenguaje periodístico; Estrategias discursivas; Manipulación


Copyright (c) 2000 Alan Floyd Moore

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