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Skewed Journalism

S. to intervene. Another group of participants read the same basic story; however, in this case the story used language and imagery that brought the Second World War to mind. The readers of the story that was framed in this way were more supportive of the idea of U.S. military intervention (Cappella and Jamieson 43).

The findings of this study and others like it show that people's opinions are influenced by the way news stories are framed. This raises concerns about potential bias in reporting the news. Special interests might be able to influence the way stories are framed in particular journals and newspapers. This, in turn, might result in journalists trying to manipulate audiences to accept a particular political agenda (Cappella and Jamieson 45). As noted by Cappella and Jamieson, many news stories seek to influence audiences by using a strategy frame. This is a frame that is designed to explain why a particular political group is either winning or losing in terms of its agenda-setting strategies (39). The stories imply that the audience members should want the identified group to win rather than lose.

There is a great deal of evidence to support the claim that this kind of framing occurs in the news. Such evidence can be found, for example, in the coverage of the April 2011 budget deal in Congress by the Wall Street Journal (a business newspaper with a conservative slant) and the New York Times (a popular newspaper with a more liberal slant). The budget debate was divided between Congresspersons who were Republicans (i.e., conservative in orientation) and Democrats (more liberal in orientation). The coverage in the Wall Street Journal was framed in a way that showed clear sympathy with the Republican perspective. The title of the article, "Winning the Real ObamaCare War," implies a critical view of the Democrat perspective. This critical tone is found throughout the Wall Street Journal article. For example, Oba...

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