Presidential rhetoric and news rhetoric

Ying Roselyn DU*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study examines the role of U.S. presidents as a news source in the media agenda shaping process. DICTION text-analysis software was used to analyze transcripts of U.S. presidents' state of the union addresses and related news coverage from 1981 to 2007. DICTION software calculated scores for five major dimensions of content in the addresses and related news stories. Results revealed that the addresses and related news coverage contained dissimilar rhetoric, suggesting that, overall, the presidents had little influence on independent media outlets in that regard.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunication and Language Analysis in the Public Sphere
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781466650046
ISBN (Print)1466650036, 9781466650039
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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