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Manipulating the Public Agenda

Why ACORN Was in the News, and What the News Got Wrong

Using the controversy over ACORN as a case study, this report illustrates the way the media has help set the agenda for public debate, and frame the way that debate is shaped. It describes how “opinion entrepreneurs” (primarily business and conservative groups and individuals) set the story in motion as early as 2006, how the “conservative echo chamber” orchestrated its anti-ACORN campaign in 2008, how the McCain-Palin campaign picked it up, and how the mainstream media reported these allegations without investigating their truth or falsity. As a result, the relatively little-known comminity organization became the subject of a major news story in the 2008 national survey reported they had heard about ACORN…

Read the full report here.
This report is brought to you with permission from Christopher Martin Ph.D.

  • Anonymous September 12, 2011

    They’re using the same formula for global warming ,union busting, and naturally more voter disenfranchisement. I’ve got a funny feeling Global Warming is going to literally blow up in their faces and the  most vocal deniers , the perry’s, inhofe’s, koch’s and others are going to be in grave danger when theenergy they put into denial comes back at them in an explosive rage.

  • pudge1671 September 12, 2011

    They’re using the same formula for global warming ,union busting, and naturally more voter disenfranchisement. I’ve got a funny feeling Global Warming is going to literally blow up in their faces and the  most vocal deniers , the perry’s, inhofe’s, koch’s and others are going to be in grave danger when theenergy they put into denial comes back at them in an explosive rage.

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