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Huland, Gabriel (2019) 'For or Against War? The Syrian Conflict on the New York Times Opinion Pages.' The Journal of Communications and Media Studies, 4 (2). pp. 17-34.

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This article compares the representation of the Syrian conflict on the opinion pages of the “New York Times” during two periods: the two months covering the beginning of the protests (March–April 2011) and the two months after the expansion of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in July–August 2014. The Syrian conflict is the most reported upon in history and has been the subject of extensive debate in American media. Drawing on the idea of news framing, the article suggests that the "Times" reproduced narratives that converged with the policies undertaken by the Obama administration. Although the newspaper framed the conflict in its outset as a democratic uprising, the emergence of ISIS caused a discursive shift that saw the terrorist group as the center of attention. The article argues that the conversation on the “New York Times” opinion pages during the two periods was embedded in contradictions that hindered a more consistent comprehension of this complex and divisive event.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Syrian Conflict, New York Times, Journalism, American Foreign Policy, News Framing, Opinion Pages
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Global Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
ISSN: 24709255
Copyright Statement: © 2019 Common Ground, Gabriel Huland. Some Rights Reserved. Available under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The use of this material is permitted for non-commercial use provided the creator(s) and publisher receive attribution. No derivatives of this version are permitted. Official terms of this public license apply as indicated here:
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Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 08:30
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