Chapter 2. How is Terrorism Covered?

  1. Susan D. Moeller

Published Online: 2 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306040.ch2

Packaging Terrorism: Co-Opting the News for Politics and Profit

Packaging Terrorism: Co-Opting the News for Politics and Profit

How to Cite

Moeller, S. D. (2009) How is Terrorism Covered?, in Packaging Terrorism: Co-Opting the News for Politics and Profit, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306040.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 DEC 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405173667

Online ISBN: 9781444306040

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • terrorism and how it is covered;
  • politics of coverage;
  • terrorism - main events of twenty-first century;
  • extraordinary terrorist attacks making headlines— the Madrid bombing of 2004, the London bombing of 2005;
  • tragedy and politics;
  • voices of the powerful - the Bali nightclub bombing of 2002;
  • When Caring about Victims Sells News - “save the innocents” or “save the children” frame;
  • parsing the difference between terrorism and war;
  • co-opting the news/co-opting the public;
  • “combative” or “uncontrollable cycle of violence” frame and “blaming the nation” frame

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Politics of Coverage

  • Making Terrorism the “Big Story”

  • Tragedy and Politics: What We Hear, Why We Hear It

  • The Voices of the Powerful

  • When Caring about Victims Sells News

  • Parsing the Difference between Terrorism and War

  • Co-opting the News /co-opting the Public

  • The Stories That Are Told

  • Why Some Media Do a Better Job