Theorising and analysing media performance in wartime
in Pockets of resistance
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This chapter describes the analytical framework that serves as the basis for our theoretically informed and systematic analysis of wartime media performance. It synthesises a range of hypotheses and explanatory variables to set out a framework composed of three models of news media performance: the elite-driven model, the independent model and the oppositional model. The chapter describes the explanatory and descriptive aspects of each of these models, and discusses their normative basis. It explores how the relationship between foreign policy, news media and war might be expected to operate, based on current theoretical understanding. The chapter aims to operationalise analytical framework. It describes the methodology that was developed in order to implement it. The framework is able to engage explicitly with normative questions about how news media should report on war.

Pockets of resistance

British news media, war and theory in the 2003 invasion of Iraq

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