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The Press as Patriot

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195152778.003.0006
 The Press as Patriot

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In times of crisis, the press acts in a patriotic role, fostering national unity and defending American institutions. After George W. Bush was inaugurated, the press ignored evidence that Al Gore had as much of a claim to be the victor in Florida as Bush, shaping stories about postelection analyses of the Florida vote to make only a Bush victory seem legitimate. On September 11, journalists filled in rhetorical gaps in Bush's performance, then changed the criteria by which the president was judged.

Keywords: 2000 election; George W. Bush; framing; Al Gore; journalism; legitimation; patriotism; rhetoric; September 11

Chapter.  15287 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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