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FERNANDEZ, Sylvia  y  CABEZA, Lourdes Molero de. Ideology and press in Venezuela: Discursive construction of the Politics Section’s news. Rev. signos [online]. 2007, vol.40, n.65, pp.497-520. ISSN 0718-0934.

The objective of this paper is to analyze the discursive construction of the news of the Politics Section of the Venezuelan papers Panorama and El Nacional during the civic strike occurred between December of 2002 and February of 2003, in order to identify the strategic functions of the press discourse in Venezuela. To achieve this goal, we study the news organization, the discourse sequences, its graphic elements and strategic functions. The analysis is supported by the works of van Dijk (1980, 1990, 1993, 1999, 2000), Molero (1985, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003a, 2003b), Adam (1992), Chilton and Shaffner (2000) and Franco (2000). The results of the analysis of the journalistic structure, the organization of the discursive sequences, the headlines and the selective presentation of photographies demonstrate that these only give the readers a biased version of the facts, which prevents them to reconstruct the reality from the displayed data. We conclude that both newspapers show a specific communicative purpose according to the strategic functions of the ideological discourse: to legitimate a particular sector and illegitimate the other one

Palabras clave : Discursive strategies; journalistic discourse; ideological discourse; strategic functions; Venezuelan press.

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