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Framing the Iraq War. A Cross-National Comparison of Newspaper Framing in Four Western Countries

Author(s): Rens Vliegenthart | Heike Schröder

Journal: Journalistica : Tidskrift för Forskning i Journalistik
ISSN 1901-6220

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2010;
Original page

In this paper we compare the newspaper attention for and framingof the Iraq issue in four Western countries (US, UK, Germany and theNetherlands) during the period September 2002 until August 2003.Using computer assisted coding based on wordlists constructed byhuman coders, we analyzed more than 70,000 articles from 12 news-papers. We pose the question how framing differs across countries,time and newspapers. Our results confirm the vast majority of ourhypotheses and demonstrate that the national political context, thepolitical leaning of newspapers and the stage of the conflict canaccount for a large amount of the variation in the attention for theissue and in the way it is presented.
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