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Georgia & Russia: Contradictory Media Coverage of the August War

Author(s): Hans-Georg Heinrich & Kirill Tanaev

Journal: Caucasian Review of International Affairs
ISSN 1865-6773

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 244;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Georgia | Russia | media coverage | South Ossetia | computer-assisted content analysis

This paper reports on an ongoing media research project that examines the coverage of the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008, in selected Russian, Georgian, and Western print media. Using computer-assisted content analysis, it presents evidence that print outlets display distinct patterns of either balanced reporting or partisan attitudes, which also vary over time. The effects of possible “spin” in independent print media have remained marginal and ephemeral. At least as far as US media are concerned, this could be the result of soul-searching following the war on Iraq.

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