Divided Bias: Media Framing of Healthcare in the 2016 Presidential Campaign
Hoffert, Claire R.
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Shepherd Poverty Program
Presidents -- Election
Mass media -- Objectivity
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Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Claire R. Hoffert is a member of the Class of 2018 of Washington and Lee University.When it comes to healthcare, news organizations have the ability to influence the American public based on framing of the issues which can then affect policy. After first reviewing the background of the issues, this paper analyzes how news media interact with political party affiliation and calls for journalists to adopt an ethic of care in reporting. . . . I will look at framing through tone and responsibility for healthcare to see if a trend in framing is correlated with a trend in public opinion of healthcare. I will look at a connection between that correlation and a link between how public opinion on the ACA can affect people in poverty. Finally, I will examine the ethical issues in media bias and the responsibility of journalists. I will create a guideline for how journalists should approach their duties to the public, and I will use scholarly articles on an ethic of care and agape to formulate the guideline. [From introductory section]Claire Hoffert