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Ronald N. Jacobs and Eleanor Townsley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199797929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797929.001.0001

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The Enron Scandal

The Enron Scandal

(p.172) 7 The Enron Scandal
The Space of Opinion

Ronald N. Jacobs

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 is an in-depth case-study of opinion narratives of the Enron scandal, beginning December 2001. It finds that while narratives of elite corruption dominated commentary about the scandal, print opinion focused on economic corruption and the need for financial regulation, while television opinion overwhelmingly focused on political corruption and the need for campaign finance reform, honing closely to the party positions of the political field. Surprisingly, the two narratives were not often linked together.

Keywords:   democratic deliberation, critical rationality, opinion format, Enron, opinion narrative, autonomy, influence, complexity, New York Times, USA Today

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