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ERIC Number: ED312642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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Presidential Initiatives and Foreign News Coverage: The Carter Human Rights Policy's Effect on U.S. Coverage of Central and South America.
Cassara, Catherine
A study was conducted to determine what, if any, effect President Jimmy Carter's human rights policy had on American newspaper coverage of Central and South America. The "New York Times,""Washington Post,""Christian Science Monitor," and "Los Angeles Times" during the years of 1975, 1977, 1978, and 1982 (when the policy had been replaced by the Reagan Administration) were used for the study. Each story was coded and then subjected to content analysis. Coverage was divided into four categories: human rights topics that mentioned human rights; human rights topics that did not mention human rights; not primarily about human rights but did mention human rights; and not human rights topics and did not mention human rights. Results indicated that a connection did exist between the Carter human rights policy and coverage of Central and South America. Human rights and overall coverage increases, both by volume and number, support the thesis that the presidential initiative, implemented in the first year of the Carter presidency, had a significant impact on coverage of the region. (Ten tables of data, three figures and 29 notes are included; 32 references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: South America