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Framing media mergers in France and the United States
Unformatted Document Text:  Framing media mergers in France and the United States 25 have found significantly divergent effects for frames dealing with social and political issues, and recognized the mediating effects of demographic, psychological and cultural variables on these framing effects. Thus, testing the effect of commercial and non- commercial framing of media mergers on the attitude of individuals towards media consolidation would be interesting. Conclusion A scholarly consensus exists: journalists construct the news, sometimes out of thin air. This is both a result of reality’s subjective nature, and of journalistic practices. When constructing reality, news people intentionally or unintentionally influence it. Various studies quoted above have either speculated or partially proved that news content does have an impact on policy, sometimes even before the content sees light. The content analysis that was conducted is the beginnings of an attempt to delineate the perceptions journalists have of the media and of telecommunication policy, the pressures that are exerted on them, and the impact they have on these arenas. Coverage of complex issues that have policy-making implications of interest to the wider public has been criticized. One critic has argued that Federal policy-making in the U.S., especially that which is centered around the FCC is “an insider’s game, less because the players are secretive than because the public and the press – encouraged by the players, who speak in jargon – can’t get themselves interested” (Lemann, 10.7.02, p.48). Our findings provide modest empirical support for the contention that media mergers are framed as an ‘insiders game’ not only in the American context but also in France.

Authors: Davidson, Roei.
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Framing media mergers in France and the United States
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have found significantly divergent effects for frames dealing with social and political
issues, and recognized the mediating effects of demographic, psychological and cultural
variables on these framing effects. Thus, testing the effect of commercial and non-
commercial framing of media mergers on the attitude of individuals towards media
consolidation would be interesting.
Conclusion
A scholarly consensus exists: journalists construct the news, sometimes out of thin air.
This is both a result of reality’s subjective nature, and of journalistic practices. When
constructing reality, news people intentionally or unintentionally influence it. Various
studies quoted above have either speculated or partially proved that news content does
have an impact on policy, sometimes even before the content sees light.
The content analysis that was conducted is the beginnings of an attempt to delineate the
perceptions journalists have of the media and of telecommunication policy, the pressures
that are exerted on them, and the impact they have on these arenas.
Coverage of complex issues that have policy-making implications of interest to the wider
public has been criticized. One critic has argued that Federal policy-making in the U.S.,
especially that which is centered around the FCC is “an insider’s game, less because the
players are secretive than because the public and the press – encouraged by the players,
who speak in jargon – can’t get themselves interested” (Lemann, 10.7.02, p.48). Our
findings provide modest empirical support for the contention that media mergers are
framed as an ‘insiders game’ not only in the American context but also in France.


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