ERIC Number: ED205971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Network News-Interview Programs and the "Television War".
Carroll, Raymond L.; Lichty, Lawrence W.
A study was made of the news-interview programs from the three major television networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) to determine which aspects of the Vietnam War were discussed on the programs and whether participants were supporters of or detractors from the policies of the presidential administration at the time. The content analysis of 481 editions of "Issues and Answers" (ABC), "Face the Nation" (CBS), and "Meet the Press" (NBC) assessed whether the program was favorable or unfavorable toward continuing the war, the number of supporters (hawks) and opponents (doves) of the war who had participated in the programs, and the general subject categories for news-interview programs. The analysis showed that during the early part of the Vietnam War, when the United States commitment to military action was being made, support for the administration was dominant in news-interview programs. The number of programs favorable to the war and the number of "hawks" on the programs reached peaks before the greatest level of military commitment. However, after about 1968 opponents appeared much more frequently, indicating that the networks followed public opinion in the scheduling of supporters and opponents of the war and of the administration's policies. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alabama Univ., University.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: News Interview Programs; Vietnam War
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981).