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Exercise 5 - Language in use
This exercise shows how bias can cause two writers who describe the same event to use positive or negative words.

Read these 2 reports and answer the question below.

First report:

April 27, 2009 – During an agressive attack yesterday, several freedom fighters were captured by soldiers of the national army. Based on intelligence sources, government forces discovered the opposition’s base of operations. A spokesman for the militant group criticized the army’s unjustified attack which resulted in the deaths of three children.

Bias: against the government.


Second report - same subject:

April 27, 2009 - In a successful military mission yesterday, a large number of guerilla forces were captured by soldiers of the national army. Based on intelligence sources, government forces discovered the terrorists' base of operations. Reports of civilian deaths have not been confirmed.

Bias: in favor of, supporting the government.
The first report was written by someone biased against the government. Words and phrases from the first report appear in the table below.

Match the descriptions in the table with words and phrases from the 2nd report, which was written by someone who supports the government.

Drag and drop your answers into the table.

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