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Framing “Big Jim”: The CIA, US News Media, and Press Coverage of Jim Garrison’s JFK Assassination Investigation

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Framing research and method are applied to historically situate and analyze US press coverage addressing New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s independent investigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination (1967-69). A sample of articles from major newsweeklies taken over the inquiry’s two-year span suggests a concerted effort to present the case in negative terms. Three overarching frames are evident in reportage focusing on Garrison’s alleged physical characteristics and personal and professional behavior, alongside the backdrop of New Orleans’ exoticized milieu. Documentation further suggests a working relationship between the Central Intelligence Agency and major news media indicated in coverage of what Agency personnel recognized as a potentially momentous probe. At this juncture the term “conspiracy theory/theorist” emerges in journalistic faire and is imbued with certain aberrant connotations, making it a powerful device that is routinely wielded to direct and shape public discourse and opinion.

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Name: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
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Tracy, James. "Framing “Big Jim”: The CIA, US News Media, and Press Coverage of Jim Garrison’s JFK Assassination Investigation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada, Aug 06, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-19 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p743265_index.html>

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Tracy, J. , 2014-08-06 "Framing “Big Jim”: The CIA, US News Media, and Press Coverage of Jim Garrison’s JFK Assassination Investigation" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-12-19 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p743265_index.html

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Abstract: Framing research and method are applied to historically situate and analyze US press coverage addressing New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s independent investigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination (1967-69). A sample of articles from major newsweeklies taken over the inquiry’s two-year span suggests a concerted effort to present the case in negative terms. Three overarching frames are evident in reportage focusing on Garrison’s alleged physical characteristics and personal and professional behavior, alongside the backdrop of New Orleans’ exoticized milieu. Documentation further suggests a working relationship between the Central Intelligence Agency and major news media indicated in coverage of what Agency personnel recognized as a potentially momentous probe. At this juncture the term “conspiracy theory/theorist” emerges in journalistic faire and is imbued with certain aberrant connotations, making it a powerful device that is routinely wielded to direct and shape public discourse and opinion.


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