Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

¿Cortesía o descortesía?. La imagen del entrevistado vs. la imagen del entrevistador

Catalina Fuentes Rodríguez


This article analyzes an interview with Mr Martín Camino, spokesman of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, by journalist M. A. Iglesias in newspaper El País. There, the journalist adopts a prominent position of power, relinquishing any attitude of politeness towards the interviewee. Thus, the speaker’s face is privileged to the detriment of the hearer’s. By means of different linguistic techniques the journalist reorientates the information provided by the interviewee, or poses questions about the inferences that she makes from Martín Camino’s replies, resulting in an impolite act. Such a procedure might be classified as a special genre of journalism tentatively termed as authorial.

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