By Ethan Marshall
The New York Times article examines President Trump’s recent claims that Former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump’s phones in Trump Tower last year. The pacing of the story varies in that it starts with providing background information on the issue discussed in the article. The article then provides quotes and reactions from Trump and his associates, as well as, Obama’s associates. The article then goes over the process it would take for the president to even be allowed to wiretap someone, as well as, the restrictions the president faces in doing this. Next, the article goes over Trump and his cabinet’s connections with Russia over the past two years. In addition, the article mentions where Trump may have gotten this idea, citing a recent Breitbart article, which made these claims without any evidence, and a conservative radio host expressing this conspiracy theory.
The first photo is a wide shot of Obama and Trump sitting across the aisle from each other during Trump’s inauguration. The photo displays the rift between the president and his predecessor. The photo reflects the distrust the two have with each other. The positions in which Obama and Trump are located and facing also reflects the political state of the country, with Obama on and looking to the left, and Trump on and looking to the right. The caption works with the image to tell the story in that the two had a rocky relationship before Trump took office. While the two seemed to get along after Trump took over as president, Trump’s bitterness towards Obama has seemed to return with his allegation of Obama spying on him last year.
The other image is a creative shot of Trump Tower in New York City. The image is taken from a distance from the floor, in order to display the sign of the tower, as well as, the armed security guarding it. The photo supports the caption in that it provides the location in which President Trump claims his predecessor wiretapped him (without any evidence). The fact that the image is taken from the floor makes the security and the building look intimidating to whoever looks at the image.