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ERIC Number: ED260394
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 26
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Excitement, Tinged with Jingoism: British Public Opinion and the Falklands in Four News Magazines.
Bjork, Ulf Jonas
A study examined how four news magazines in North America and Western Europe covered British public reaction to the 1982 Falklands War. The news magazines--similar in format--represented four nations with varying degrees of closeness to Great Britain: the United States ("Time"), Canada ("Macleans"), West Germany ("Spiegel"), and Austria ("Profil"). "Time" has a conservative bias, while "Spiegel" is considered fairly radical in the opinion range of West German media. Both "Profil" and "Macleans" try to take "independent" or "liberal" stands. The results indicated that the North American magazines used polls to determine public opinion, while the European magazines relied on press comments. While polls undoubtedly were more representative of the public as a whole (the majority supported the war), they were less effective in showing why the public had taken a particular stand. British public opinion contrasted sharply with the view of the four news magazines. Only "Profil" attempted to show what the "new British pride" was founded upon. The outburst of "jingoism" (a term used by all four magazines) in Britain in the spring of 1982 needed to be explained to Europeans and North Americans accustomed to viewing war as undesirable and unpopular. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina; Austria; Canada; Falkland Islands; United Kingdom (Great Britain); West Germany