The Press as Soothsayer

Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman

in The Press Effect

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195152777
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833900 | DOI:
 The Press as Soothsayer

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If news is the rough draft of history, the draft written on November 7, 2000 was rougher than most. This chapter analyzes how the preconceptions journalists brought to election night 2000 resulted in critical errors in judgment, leading to mistaken calls alternately benefiting Al Gore and George W. Bush. While all the networks did not use the same frames to describe the same events, each was misled by the metaphors guiding their coverage.

Keywords: 2000 election; George W. Bush; framing; Al Gore; journalism

Chapter.  9034 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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