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Metaphor In The Journalistic Language Of Politics

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According to Thompson “Fish need water to be fish; humans need metaphors to do and think about politics” (Thompson 1996: 185). One of the main elements of political communications is the ability of politicians to use various symbols and metaphors which aim is to shape the political minds of citizens. Not only are metaphors used by politicians themselves, but also by journalists who want to pay attention to their material and influence the way in which readers perceive certain political issues or events.
Metaphor is a conceptual phenomenon, not necessarily tied to any one particular linguistic expressions. In the process of metaphorization a source domain is evoked as a basis for the ...view middle of the document...

Through metaphor he described the campaign and elections as a difficult and hard footrace. He stated that "this is not going to be a race like Usain Bolt where we're like 40 yards ahead and we can just kind of start jogging 10 feet before the finish line". He also added: "we're going to have to run through the tape. But we're really well positioned to not just win but to keep America moving forward”. Similar metaphor can be found in the statement of Mitt Romney’s running mate - Paul Ryan: "We're going to win this campaign. We've got the wind behind us. I'm really excited about this race." (www.cnn.com August 13, 2012). Ryan also referred to a race and by saying “we got the wind behind us” also suggested that victory would be an relatively easy task. This kind of metaphor was then ubiquitous and can be found in almost all statements and articles e.g. Carroll Doherty, Pew Research Centre’s associate director said: “We found a dramatic shift from a significant Obama lead to a slightly Romney edge among likely voters-and this is the first evidence...

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