Agenda-Setting Theory and the Role of the Media in Shaping Public Opinion for the Iraq War
Muin, Michael J.
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Media attention and framing of the issues of the Iraq War, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and the attacks of September 11, 2001 suggests a correlation between media agenda-setting and public agenda-building. This paper will examine the media agendasetting theory and its application to the coverage of the Iraq War, WMD, and the attacks of September 11, 2001, through various studies of news coverage and public opinion polls. In response to three core questions about the relationship between the amounts of coverage along with the framing of our issues to public opinion polls, this paper concludes that a strong correlation between media agenda-setting and public agenda building did exist for these three issues.