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Distorting mirrors: media framing and political debate

Tom Clark, Robert D. Putnam and Edward Fieldhouse

in The Age of Obama

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082771
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702901 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082771.003.0006
Distorting mirrors: media framing and political debate

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This chapter discusses what happens when discomfort with diversity is given an airing, which is what happened during the British campaign of 2005, and observes that the media sometimes treat facts on immigration with outright contempt, which can help distort public opinion. It also shows that words are powerful – by increasing anxiety – but the extent to which they do so depends on the number of immigrants that are living locally.

Keywords: discomfort with diversity; British campaign; immigration facts; media; public opinion

Chapter.  6283 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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