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Transatlantic Perspectives on the U.S. 2004 Election. The Case of Norway

By Michael Nitz and Øyvind Ihlen


The U.S. Presidential election of 2004 was an exciting reprise of the 2000 election and was closely watched by numerous observers across the world. The election held significant ramifications for world issues such as the war in Iraq and the war on terror. Norwegian media in particular followed the election with great interest. The strong social and familial bond between Norwegians and Americans was a foundation for an interest in the role that social issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and religion played in the campaign. This ar - ticle was an exploratory case study based on data from three major Norwegian newspapers. The article used framing theory as a tool to examine the way in which these newspapers covered the 2004 U.S. Presidential election. A key focus was the importance and influence of culture in this framing process. Results are presented and implications for the role of framing theory in international contexts are discusse

Topics: international news coverage, elections, culture, framing, Norway
Publisher: Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordicom
Year: 2009
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