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Projections of Power

Framing News, Public Opinion, and U.S. Foreign Policy

Projections of Power

Framing News, Public Opinion, and U.S. Foreign Policy

To succeed in foreign policy, U.S. presidents have to sell their versions or framings of political events to the news media and to the public. But since the end of the Cold War, journalists have increasingly resisted presidential views, even offering their own spin on events. What, then, determines whether the media will accept or reject the White House perspective? And what consequences does this new media environment have for policymaking and public opinion?

To answer these questions, Robert M. Entman develops a powerful new model of how media framing works—a model that allows him to explain why the media cheered American victories over small-time dictators in Grenada and Panama but barely noticed the success of far more difficult missions in Haiti and Kosovo. Discussing the practical implications of his model, Entman also suggests ways to more effectively encourage the exchange of ideas between the government and the media and between the media and the public. His book will be an essential guide for political scientists, students of the media, and anyone interested in the increasingly influential role of the media in foreign policy.

240 pages | 5 line drawings, 10 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2004

Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion

Media Studies

Political Science: American Government and Politics

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Projecting Power in the News
Appendix to Chapter 1
Chapter 2: Guilt and Innocence in the Korean Airline and Iran Air Tragedies
Chapter 3: Supporting and Opposing Projections of Power: Grenada, Libya, and Panama
Chapter 4: Debating War against Iraq
Chapter 5: Independent Framing and the Growth of Media Power since the Cold War
Chapter 6: Representing the Public’s Opinions in Foreign Policy
Appendix to Chapter 6
Chapter 7: Diversifying the Cascade of Ideas


American Political Science Association: Doris Graber Outstanding Book Award

Kappa Tau Alpha: Frank Luther Mott - Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award

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