Visual Framing of 2014 US Senate Campaign: Conflict Bias in News Coverage
When voters think of a political campaign, some may think “contest” or “competition,” while others may think “conflict.” Some voters may see these as interchangeable synonyms when thinking of electoral politics. For others, these may be dramatically different concepts, perhaps each related to campaigns and elections, but with varying connotations. If we think of these in the context of media coverage of campaigns, examples may quickly come to mind of news stories that have demonstrated these ideas. But how do news reports demonstrate the notion of contest, or conflict, in a campaign and with what possible effect on voters? These questions underlie the issues raised in this chapter on news coverage of the 2014 US Senate campaigns.
KeywordsNews Story Front Page News Coverage Presidential Campaign Visual Framing
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