In the media we are able to see the different political sides and bias towards either the conservative side or the liberal side. Many news papers and news shows do a good job of showing their side of things very clearly. A lot of papers and articles that are on the side of Trump sometimes easily manipulate the works to make him look as good as possible. On the other hand the people running the news papers that are against him also are able to manipulate the wording of the articles to make Trump look bad.
In both of the articles each are using rhetorical devices to help their claims. In Sean Spicer's speech he was able to show data for how many people were at the inauguration while the article from USA today was able to use pictures to show the difference in crowd size from 2017 and 2009. Also, both of these articles were able to persuade their audiences into thinking they were right. In Sean Spicer's speech he was able to persuade the audience with different uses of language and different data points about the inauguration. In the USA Today article they were also able to use different types of language to persuade the audience into thinking that Trump's crowd size was not the biggest ever and they were also able to use pictures to show the differences in past years to this present year.
The two articles also show the potential in political influence of the media. Sean Spicer's speech shows political influence by using different language devices to manipulate the audience into agreeing with his speech. The same goes for the USA Today article. This has influence in the media because it creates that divide of the two political parties. These articles both showed political bias in the media by showing how USA Today is more of a Democratic side to thing while the Washington post has more of a Republican bias to things.
Cillizza, Chris. "Sean Spicer Held a Press Conference. He Didn’t Take Questions. Or Tell the Whole Truth." The Washington Post. WP Company, 21 Jan. 2017. Web. 15 Mar. 2017.
Robertson, Lori, and FactCheck.org Robert Farley. "Fact Check: The Controversy over Trump's Inauguration Crowd Size." USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, 24 Jan. 2017. Web. 15 Mar. 2017.