CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Framing of Osama bin Laden's Death: A Global Perspective

Department

Department of Writing and Communication

Publication Date

Fall 2014

Publication Title

International Communication Research Journal

ISSN

2153-9707

Volume

49

Issue/No.

3-4

First Page

89

Last Page

104

Abstract

Media framing of Osama bin Laden's death was examined in four international, 24-hour news networks: CNN.com, BBC World News, Al Jazeera English and Al Arabiya English. This study found no association between news network and frames used, suggesting that neither geographical location nor ethnocentricity influenced media frames. In contrast to previous media analyses that found the most dominant media frames of bin Laden to be evil terrorist, mastermind or evil genius, this study found the dominant frames of bin Laden to be "neutral figure" or "terrorist leader."

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