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Media Framing of the Ukrainian Political Crisis 2000-2001

Journalism Studies. 2004. Vol. 5. No. 2. P. 233-246.
Baysha O., Hallagan K.

This paper examines how selected Ukrainian news media - three television channels, one newspaper, and one Internet site - framed the nation's political crisis of 2000-2001. Dominant media frames and framing devices were identified through content analysis of 829 news stories. Frames were compared across these news outlets as well as across different time periods to analyze the role of framing in public deliberation. The study revealed the strong influence of ideology in the way that different Ukrainian media framed controversy and thus distorted the deliberative process. The two main patters of framing included overt propaganda and hidden manipulation. Metaphors and depictions that exploited cultural values and past political events were the dominant framing devices identified.