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Introduction
I have gathered four articles from the New York Times newspaper, which is a Liberal newspaper, and broken them down into a summary and a short understanding of what makes the article Liberal. The four articles include a political cartoon, an editorial peace, a national article, and an additional article.
Gun Battle Halts Mideast Cease-fire
International / additional article.
During the daylight hours of October 2, the cease-fire between Israel and Palestinians came to a sudden and violent standstill. The Gaza Strip and several Arab towns inside of Israel was the scene for this horrible event. Gunfire sent hundreds of Palestinians civilians running off the streets and seeking shelter and safety from guns and other arms fire. Israeli military officers began firing their yesterday. This event was triggered by Arab protesters who claimed that the Israelis had provoked the by failing to pull back there armored vehicles and riot officers from key junctions in the Gaza Strip. By the evening, three more Arabs had been killed bringing the total death count to fifty-four people.


In this article as you read, you can start to get the since there are two sides to the conflict. One the Palestinians and Israeli. The article gives a bias to favor the Palestinians people over the Israeli government. The Palestinians were marching against the Israeli police who were supposed to pull back from the Arab community last week. Armed military tanks and helicopters met the protesters. Most of the protesters on had only had rocks and small arms to protect themselves. This article is a wonderful example of Liberalism. The utter disdain, which the article shows for the Israelis, is evident, “After failing to secure concessions from us at the peace table, Barak has decided to negotiate with bullets” says the article. The pursuit of happiness, this is a common liberal view. The Palestinians were only pursuing happiness and freedom from the Israelis military when they fired upon them. The Arab people are persecuted in the Israeli run Gaza Strip for their religion. This pursuit for happiness is a fundamental part of Liberalism.
Gore Vs. Bush. Round 1
Editorial / Opinion piece
This opinion piece about how Gore and Bush are perceived after last Tuesdays debate. A writer explains why Gore won round one of the debates.
The article begins by saying something like Most of America understands that the competence bar is set so low for Gov. George W. Bush of Texas that it’s practically lying on the ground. The expectations of the American people were very low from these candidates. If you paid attention to the content, and used it as a gauge to determine which candidate was better prepared. Who was more knowledgeable. Who had a greater command of the facts and grasp of the issues, then Vice President Gore won easily. The article goes on to say. This person obviously likes gore and the way he presented himself last Tuesday. He asserted, for example, that Governor Bush “would spend more money on tax cuts for the wealthiest 1 percent than all of the new spending that he proposes for education, health care, prescription drugs and national defense all combined.” Tax cuts for the wealthy was a priority for Bush and would be for a conservative thinker. This writer asks why didn’t Bush explain this action was best for the American people, and is it? Gore thinks my liberal for he is the one who want to get health care for all elderly people. Is that not a liberal idea, getting something which all people can use and benefit from.
Political Cartoon
Comic
Faced with over dramatized facial features Al Gore or primarily his head is reenacting on what her will do when confronted by a remark by Bush. The comic mocks Gore and makes him look like he is above his opponent ” I have ways of handling any simpleton who wants to debate me.” Gore goes though every one of his facial features as if he is planning them out. First he will start with a “arrogant smirk”, then the “roll of the eyes”, followed by a ” haughty interruption”, and finally “loud sighs.” At the end of the comic a little duck says