Working for Who?: An In-Depth Look at One Local Television News Station's Coverage of the 2001 USA Patriot Act
Bright, Michelle R.
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As more and more Americans turn the channel away from network news, local news stations are left with the responsibility of informing the local community on topics of national importance. This study examines how one local television news station in Kansas City, Missouri chose to report on the USA Patriot Act. After discussing the 2001 USA Patriot Bill, the media’s responsibility to the public, the role of the media in a democratic society, and the media’s role within the theory of agenda setting, this study examines how WDAF-TV FOX 4 chose to format, source and report their coverage on the USA Patriot Act.