Framing Terrorism: The News Media, the Government and the Public / Edition 1

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Terrorism now dominates the headlines from New York to London, Riyadh, and Jakarta. With its provocative examination of the major players currently shaping news about terrorism, Framing Terrorism argues that this process matters by shaping how we understand the act. The events and aftermath of 9/11 are compared to other incidents of terrorist violence, including those in Israel-Palestine, Africa, and Northern Ireland. In making these comparisons, Framing Terrorism focuses on how governments, security forces, and dissident groups manage and manipulate the media; the ways in which journalists construct the news, both in the United States and elsewhere; and how citizens respond to coverage, including 'rally-round-the-flag' effects on system support, understanding of terrorist events, and reaction to issues of civil liberties. Drawing on systematic events data, content analysis, and public opinion research, Framing Terrorism concludes that what 9/11 changed was American perceptions of terrorism, more than its actual threat. Raising controversial and timely issues, Framing Terrorism provides a comparison of the patterns and consequences of mass media coverage of terrorism around the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415947190
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 1,277,806
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Framing Terrorism 3
2 Terrorism, Censorship and the 1st Amendment: In Search of Policy Guidelines 27
3 Clausewitz in the Age of CNN: Rethinking the Military-Media Relationship 43
4 Framing the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict 59
5 Paramilitaries and the Press in Northern Ireland 75
6 Framing the US Embassy Bombings and September 11 Attacks in African and US Newspapers 93
7 CNN and al Jazeera's Media Coverage of America's War in Afghanistan 113
8 Framing Muslim-Americans Before and After 9/11 133
9 Framing World Opinion in the Elite Press 159
10 Explaining 9/11 183
11 Public Opinion Among Muslims and the West 203
12 Rallies All Around: The Dynamics of System Support 299
13 Fear and Terrorism: Psychological Reactions to 9/11 255
14 The Lessons of Framing Terrorism 281
Select Bibliography 303
List of Tables and Figures 313
List of Contributors 317
Index 323
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