David and Goliath retold
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Much criticism has been leveled at CNN for its coverage of Israel and Palestine, highlighting the need for a close examination of its newscasts. The following is a textual analysis of CNN’s programming from the region, attempting to uncover the dominant CNN discourse regarding the Palestinian and Israeli people. This, from Lule’s perspective of news as myth. The CNN text was found to utilize the structure and imagery of myths of old in its coverage of Israel and Palestine: namely Lule’s master myths of the hero, the victim, the scapegoat and the foreboding future. As opposed to Israel’s image as powerful aggressor, the Palestinian populace was portrayed as the “heroic victim” within the CNN text. Both Israeli settlers and Palestinian “militants” were deemed the “scapegoats” responsible for the ills of the region. The prospects for the Middle-East were portrayed as bleak, in keeping with the myth of the foreboding future.