Success or chaos? Framing and ideology in news coverage of the Iraqi national elections

Dianne Garyantes, Priscilla J. Murphy

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Abstract

/ This study used computer-assisted textual analysis of frames as ideological cues in news coverage of the Iraqi 2005 elections by CNN.com and Aljazeera.net. CNN's reporting revealed an ideology of a cultural conquest, framing the elections with sentimental patriotism toward western-style democracy. Al Jazeera's texts revealed distrust and suspicion toward the US, framing the elections with skepticism, a lack of legitimacy and chaos. Despite claims of journalistic objectivity, the analysis found a divisive ideology expressed by both news organizations. The study bears out the importance of 'global objectivity' to provide critical, cross-cultural perspectives in an age of expanding media globalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-170
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Communication Gazette
Volume72
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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