strategies in Kfor-Tv & K. Querry’...
Compare and Contract Brock Turner of Stanford trial vs Cory Batey of Vanderbilt trial
strategies in Kfor-Tv & K. Querry’s Tale of two suspects: Critics draw
comparison between two high profile sexual assault cases and Buie’s Brock
Turner, Cory Batey meme causing stir on social media.
& K. Querry’s Tale of two suspects: Critics draw comparison between two
high profile sexual assault cases
What is the right judgment for sexual
assaults in the U.S? It is a topic that has caused a stir in the recent past. On
June 8, 2016, news channel KFOR-TV.com published an article giving details on
the similarities between the case of Brock Turner and that of Cory Batey and
the difference in the outcome of the judgment. The author first gives a summary
of Turner’s story and then goes to Batey’s and at the end of the two draws a
The author in some instances uses credible
sources and appeal to ethos in building credibility to the reader but sometimes
fails to do so. The instances where he uses are for instances, when he quotes, “Cory
Batey’s minimum possible prison sentence, though, is actually 3000% longer than
what Brock Turner was given for a comparable crime,” the New York Daily News
reports. An instance where he fails to appeal is where he says, “Despite
hundreds of thousands of people calling for Judge Aaron Persky to be removed
from the bench, he was given a new 6-year term on Tuesday.” Here he fails to
provide evidence of the claim that hundreds of thousands of people calling.
The author, however, uses strong appeals
to logos where he provides a logical examination of the two cases. In the
article, he communicates to the reader the similarities of the situations in
every aspect and at the end shows the magnitude of the difference in the
outcome (3000%). To top it up, he provides an additional lawsuit, although not
related to the two, it supports his argument. His inclusion of the quote from
the New York Daily News reports logically supports his argument on the lack of
a clear judgment on sexual assaults cases.
In conjunction with strong logos appeal,
the author makes appeals to pathos at the beginning of the article. He uses the
word ‘sadly’ to evoke sadness emotions in the reader. Although he tries to show
the magnitude of the sorrow by talking about how the issue has annoyed a lot of
people, he has however not been involved and therefore failed to appeal
In his conclusion, he, however, fails to
capture his idea fully on the issue at hand which is the two lawsuits by adding
an unrelated case which causes him to divert from his main issue. As a result,
he fails to have a well-concluded article.
Buie’s Brock Turner, Cory Batey meme causing
stir on social media
starts his article by going directly to the point and stating the main issue
which is the social media buzz. Although not directly, he brings out the
comparison of Brock Turner and Cory Batey and makes his point known at the
He effectively appeals to logos by
providing statistical evidence that shows exactly how many people are involved in
the issue. He says that “Misee Harris’ Facebook post had already been shared
121,221 times by Wednesday morning.” This statistical information logically
supports his topic on stir caused on social media.
Throughout his article Buie appeals to
ethos by providing credible sources for his idea. He is talking about social
media and therefore he provides evidence of the post when he says, “Misee
Harris’ Facebook post had already been shared 121,221 times by Wednesday
morning.” On this statement, he provides a link to the post itself making his
argument credible. He also refers to another post on the same issue but by a
different author to give weight to his own. ‘Around the same time as Harris’
post on Facebook, NY Daily News Columnist Shaun King wrote a piece contrasting
the two men’s cases, pointing out that Batey’s minimum sentence of 15-25 years
is “actually 3000% longer than what Brock Turner was given for a comparable
crime.”’ The source of this is a newspaper column, and it is credible to people
since people learn through them.
Alongside ethos, the author uses pathos to
capture his reader emotionally at the beginning. He evokes the curiosity in the
first paragraph which he later quenchers through the utilization of the vivid
description of the lawsuits and the posts and people’s reaction to the post. He
states, “A meme shared on Facebook Monday has caused a stir on social media by
contrasting the rape conviction sentence of a white Stanford student athlete
and former Vanderbilt University football player Cory Batey.” He explains the
post and then to answer the question how much it provoked, he gives the number
of people. “Misee Harris’ Facebook post had already been shared 121,221 times
by Wednesday morning.”
The author has been able to capture the
attention of the reader adequately at the beginning, maintain them with vivid
description and before long concludes his article leaving his readers informed.
Comparatively, the two articles talk about
the same issue, but one is more efficient than the other. They both speak of
the lawsuits of Brock Turner and Cory Batey, which are similar in that, they
are both charged with sexual assault, but the outcome is different for each. The
articles are on people’s reaction towards the subject.
However the articles are different in
that, they have different themes. The first article addresses judicial system
while the second addresses racial discrimination. Although
they may be talking about the same thing, the underlying message is different.