Bin Laden Killed: Initial Media Coverage. US Newspapers Storyline

We show some first results in this early stage just after Osama Bin Laden has been killed. Now we refer to some insights to check if a specific media storyline is already emerging in US newspapers in comparison with global media coverage.

Media storyline analysis show how a country or a newspaper is covering an event in comaprison to others or in its time evolution. We have used profusely this approach in Wikileaks related posts, or in posts about Fuskushima nuclear crisis media coverage (for instance NYT Vs WSJ).

In this initial post about Bin Laden death storyline we compare US newspapers treatment against media all over the world (publised in English). We have chosen some few set of issues.

We observe in figure 1 that there is almost no departure concerning media treatment on elements related to the attack. International media insists more in “Most Wanted” aspect, while US media refer more to “Manhunt” and “Targeted Operation. But in general the profile is verys similar.

Next figure refers to description of feelings and reactions to the Bin Laden’s death. We find that this set of elements of the storyline are more widely covered by US media than average international media. This is especially the case concerning “crowds”, “jubilation”, “cheers” and “prayers”. Reference to peace and success is balanced.

Last figure covers some judgements about the description of the attack. US media focus more than average in Bin Laden being an “enemy”. International media insist more than US on “Retaliation”, “Innocent” and slighly more on “Assassination”.

In following posts we will start to show different media perception and storyline building in other single countries.

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