The study aims at analyzing frames used by the media to report news about the Syrian crisis with the aim of understanding whether the Syrian voice -represented in public opinion data- finds its place in the media. The study conducts content analysis of 276 news stories' frames divided across two periods of time -during 2015 (Obama's administration) and 2017 (Trump's administration). A content analysis methodology is applied to three online newspapers: the American New York Times, the Syrian Syria Times and the Russian Russia Beyond The Headlines. Each of these newspapers represents the governmental stance and policies in relation to the Syrian Crisis. The study attempts to have a deeper understanding of the interplay of powerful elites represented by the governments of the three countries and the Syrian people represented in public opinion polls. The media's ultimate goal is serving public interest; however, and per the literature, the media can be used by elites to achieve wider acceptance of their policies regardless of the public interest (and their opinion in the matter).
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Abd El Rahman, M.
(2017).The Syrian public opinion versus frames in news media [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Abd El Rahman, Menna-t-Allah Hussein. The Syrian public opinion versus frames in news media. 2017. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.