Answering without answering: Shifting as an evasive rhetorical strategy

Jonas Gabrielsen, Heidi Jønch-Clausen, Christina Pontoppidan

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Resumé

In the context of political press conferences, the authors explore a particular category of subtle evasions they term shifting. When shifting, the interviewee seemingly accepts to answer the journalist’s question. However, in providing the answer, the interviewee refocuses the question replacing its critical aspect with a more favorable one. Guided by classical rhetoric, the authors unfold the underlying logic of a shift. Analyzing 14 press conferences held by the Danish Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, they identify three subcategories of shifting: shift in time, shift of agent, and shift of level. Ideally, knowledge of the different shifting strategies can enable journalists to detect a shift and promptly react when interviewees shift the focus of a question.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournalism
ISSN1464-8849
DOI
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 27 okt. 2017

Bibliografisk note

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1464884917738412
Online first version. Sidetal, Vol. og No. kommer ved print-publikation.

Emneord

  • rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Journalism Education
  • the topics
  • Critical journalism

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Answering without answering : Shifting as an evasive rhetorical strategy. / Gabrielsen, Jonas; Jønch-Clausen, Heidi; Pontoppidan, Christina.

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Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

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