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Creation of a Political Superstar: Print News Media Coverage of Barack Obama

by Howard, Tyler P.

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This thesis is a case study of how the media frame politicians. Barack Obama, as a biracial celebrity, identified as a black politician, who happens to be running for president, allowed this study the opportunity to explore framing of politicians from four separate yet interlinking angles. Using the New York Times, as the “paper of record,” and the three largest circulation general news magazines, Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report, this study examined how the print news media framed Obama as a presidential candidate, as a black politician, as a biracial celebrity, and as a celebrity politician. This study found that the media framed Obama as a new type of politician, one who by virtue of his heritage, would be able to achieve great things and fulfill the enormous potential the media heaped upon him.
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School:Ohio University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:barack obama political coverage presidential contenders black politicians celebrity biracial celebrities

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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