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date: 28 January 2020

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The ideological work of national media renders (inter)national crises intelligible, often without challenging systemic or institutional practices or the policy agenda of political elites. What becomes speakable and legible represents a form of language policy. This chapter explores the policies implicit in the virtually simultaneous media coverage of two international crises: the July 2014 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine and Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” into Gaza. The analysis focuses on the intertexualities produced by US-based media and the ideological tensions and labor these occasioned, particularly the construction of “good guys” and “bad guys,” victims and villains, for a national and international audience.

Keywords: ideology, intertextuality, Malaysian Airlines, Israel, Gaza, language policy, media

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