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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 Soothsayer

The Press as Soothsayer

(p.74) Chapter 4 The Press as Soothsayer
The Press Effect

Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Contributor Webpage)

Paul Waldman

Oxford University Press

If news is the rough draft of history, the draft written on November 7, 2000 was rougher than most. This chapter analyzes how the preconceptions journalists brought to election night 2000 resulted in critical errors in judgment, leading to mistaken calls alternately benefiting Al Gore and George W. Bush. While all the networks did not use the same frames to describe the same events, each was misled by the metaphors guiding their coverage.

Keywords:   2000 election, George W. Bush, framing, Al Gore, journalism

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