The news articles from CNN “Donald Trump vs. the Pope on immigration, climate change” and from International Business Times “Donald Trump takes on Pope Francis on immigration and global warming” involve the speech the Pope said at the White House on Sept. 23, 2015 and Donald Trump’s reaction to it. Pope Francis advised the United States to welcome immigrants and to act upon global warming and climate change. For Trump, these claims seemed untrue; as he believes there is no such thing as climate change and still plans to deport undocumented immigrants from the US. Just by looking at the title of the articles, the clash between the Pope and Donald Trump is seen. Even the titles suggest that the two public figures actively disagree on the topics by saying “Donald Trump vs. the Pope” and “Donald Trump takes on the Pope”. The news networks are giving the Pope support by indirectly saying that Donald Trump is “the bad guy” and he does not know what he is talking about.
The use of words and word choice is essential in rhetorical analysis. In the International Business Times article the author can be described as slightly more objective than the author of the CNN article because of her abundant use of quotations. “… Pope told thousands on the South Lawn of the White House on 23 September that global warming could ‘no longer be left to a future generation’ to resolve, Trump transformed the issue into an economic one.” This quote from the International Business Times is somewhat stating that the Pope’s argument about the issue presented was good and Trump took it a wrong way. The CNN article is not supposed to be, but basically is about Donald Trump because he is the focus. The article shapes itself around Trump’s past racist comments and opinion on climate change and global warming. The words “pointed to”, “insisted”, “broke” were utilized to put Trump versus the Pope.
Both articles contain ethos because of the religious and political figures. Donald Trump has loyal followers that identify with what he claims, but he also has people that are against him and his beliefs. These Trump-haters are the people that these articles are trying to reach out to. So in this case, ethos works in a strange way… People give more credibility to the writers on the issue of defaming Donald Trump because of their previously formed negative opinion of him. On the other hand, the Pope is a public figure known for being well liked, especially Pope Francis. A huge amount of individuals, not necessarily Catholic, like Pope Francis because his beliefs are modernized and he is breaking religious schemes. So, the two news articles appeal to people that are more in favor of the Pope and his views than of Donald Trump and his nonsense.