An Analysis of Discursive Manipulative Strategies and Rhetorical Devices in Political Interviews of Ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan
Keywords:Critical Discourse, Discursive Manipulative Strategies, Polarisation Strategies, Rhetorical Devices
This study analyses Imran Khan's conversation by focusing on discursive manipulative strategies, polarisation strategies and rhetorical devices with Marc Fennell of ABC Australia, his Interview on CNN with Becky Anderson and Sky News U.K. and his response to losing the government and accusing the U.S. of his regime change. The study aims to evaluate the potential impact of such strategies on public opinion and discourse and to help develop awareness to counter manipulative practices in political interviews. Using a qualitative approach and integrating social identity theory and self-categorisation theory, the study identifies logical fallacies, emotional and loaded language, and diversionary techniques as the most frequently used manipulative strategies. It also highlights the effectiveness of emotionally charged language and rhetorical devices in swaying public opinion. The study concludes that politicians worldwide use similar techniques and rhetorical devices to persuade, guide, or manipulate the public and provide insights into the nature of political discourse in Pakistan.
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