Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

8-2000

Publication Source

Journalism

Volume

1

Issue

2

Start Page

197

Last Page

216

DOI

10.1177/146488490000100201

Abstract

The manner in which press outlets cover the convergence of the explicitly sensational and the explicitly ideological holds political and social implications. Does a startling or shocking domestic incident that the US press labels as zealotry catalyze the nation's news outlets to explore a wide range of views about the issues involved and their public relevance? This article addresses this matter by examining print media coverage of a videotaped euthanasia that was broadcast by the popular news magazine program 60 Minutes. The findings raise questions about the ability of incidents such as these to push the mainstream press to look beyond zealotry to the social context surrounding it.

Copyright/Permission Statement

The final, definitive version of this article has been published in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 1(2), 197-216, 2000, © by SAGE Publications, Inc. at the Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism page: page: http://jou.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/

Keywords

controversy, criminal, domestic news, euthanasia, ideology, medicine, sensationalism, zealotry

 

Date Posted: 25 June 2015

This document has been peer reviewed.