Journalistic Framing of the Food and Drug Administration: How Do Our Nation’s Most Respected Newspapers Report About the FDA?

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dc.contributor.advisor Peter Hutt en_US
dc.contributor.author Silberberg, Rebecca
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-18T14:48:57Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Rebecca Silberberg, Journalistic Framing of the Food and Drug Administration: How Do Our Nation’s Most Respected Newspapers Report About the FDA? (2008). en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8592079
dc.description.abstract The Food and Drug Administration is committed to serving the public interest by approving drugs that have to be both safe and effective. Yet, the FDA is not just doing its job in a vacuum. Due to the nature of food and drug issues and their important implications for health, every FDA decision is put under intense scrutiny by the political figures in government, pharmaceutical and public interest groups, and, finally, by the consumers themselves. This paper explores how the FDA is represented in three major newspapers across the country. The aim of the paper is to discern whether any of the newspapers show a bias towards the FDA through negative or positive reporting and, similarly, whether some discrepancies among the newspapers might be explained by liberal or conservative tendencies. The paper begins with an overview of framing within the news media, explaining just how important news reporting can be for public perception of the FDA. It then addresses research methodology and research questions. Next, it analyzes, in detail, the newspaper reporting styles and possible bias of each newspaper individually. It concludes with a comparison of the three newspapers by testing this analysis against the original hypothesis and offering possible explanations for discrepancies. en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.subject food and drug law en_US
dc.subject FDA Enforcement-Publicity en_US
dc.subject.other Food and Drug Law en_US
dc.title Journalistic Framing of the Food and Drug Administration: How Do Our Nation’s Most Respected Newspapers Report About the FDA? en_US
dc.type Paper (for course/seminar/workshop) en_US
dc.relation.journal Food and Drug Law: An Electronic Book of Student Papers en_US
dc.date.available 2012-04-18T14:48:57Z

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