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The Press EffectPoliticians, Journalists, and the Stories that Shape the Political World$
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Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Paul Waldman

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195152777

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195152778.001.0001

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The Press as Patriot

The Press as Patriot

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(p.130) Chapter 6 The Press as Patriot
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The Press Effect
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Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Contributor Webpage)

Paul Waldman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195152778.003.0006

In times of crisis, the press acts in a patriotic role, fostering national unity and defending American institutions. After George W. Bush was inaugurated, the press ignored evidence that Al Gore had as much of a claim to be the victor in Florida as Bush, shaping stories about postelection analyses of the Florida vote to make only a Bush victory seem legitimate. On September 11, journalists filled in rhetorical gaps in Bush's performance, then changed the criteria by which the president was judged.

Keywords:   2000 election, George W. Bush, framing, Al Gore, journalism, legitimation, patriotism, rhetoric, September 11

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