TITLE

SEMANTIC FRAMING IN THE BUILD-UP TO THE IRAQ WAR: FOX V CNN AND OTHER U. S. BROADCAST NEWS PROGRAMS

AUTHOR(S)
HARMON, MARK; MUENCHEN, ROBERT
PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
ETC: A Review of General Semantics;Jan2009, Vol. 66 Issue 1, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The authors conduct an exhaustive analysis of broadcast news transcripts from the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks to the US. congressional authorization of force against Iraq. News organizations overall used framing words and phrases complementary to the Bush Administration push for war. Fox News, even more than CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, and public broadcasting, emphasized pro-war framing terms. Fox News over a longer time frame also generally trailed CNN in stories covering the absence of Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, the lack of a pre-war link between Iraq and al-Qaeda, majority international public opinion about the war and the number of American casualties.
ACCESSION #
43251553

 

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