media narratives vs. the facts

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting has reviewed the various narratives the mainstream press has used to characterize the candidates and the extent to which they conform to the evidence.  The media need frames to help organize understandings of candidates (as we’ll see in the McCain case study) but when they become self-fulfilling prophesies they work to distort the real picture.  FAIR is one of the many watchdog groups that monitor the press, and which I will discuss in class.

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One Response to “media narratives vs. the facts”

  1. the McCain narrative problem « press conference Says:

    […] process of framing the candidates, finding the narrative is something that both the campaigns and the media pursue, with high stakes for the one who can find the most compelling story. Possibly related posts: […]

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