This study analyzed how the most partisan cable news networks, FOX News and MSNBC, framed victims and officers in their coverage of cases where officers murder Black victims. In addition, this work investigated how these networks discussed systemic racism within their reports. Using Feagin's white racial frame as a framework, the findings suggest that both networks exhibited anti-black and pro-white framing within their reports, although the frequency and the severity varied across networks. Results also show when counter framing was present, MSNBC still perpetuated the anti-black and pro-white frames. These results have implications for how media should improve their coverage of these cases to prevent the spread of harmful ideologies to their audiences.
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Carter, J. Scott
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Smith, Andrea, "Breaking News: The Presence of Framing in Partisan Cable News Network's Coverage of Officers Murdering Black Victims" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 561.