Public Opinion, the Media, and War

John Mueller

in The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199545636
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Public Opinion, the Media, and War

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This chapter tries to determine who or what eventually decides the policy agenda in case of war, concluding which kinds of facts are the ones that are relevant to the process. It studies the framing of issues and the priming and setting of the agendas for public discussion, and notes that the public can be rather selective about the facts of war which it is ready to accept. The chapter also considers the impact of visual information and the role of media during times of war.

Keywords: policy agenda; framing issues; agenda setting; priming; facts of war; visual information; role of media

Article.  7371 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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