Fox News: They Report - Who Decides?

Camilla Louise Grandt, Caroline Elmquist-Clausen, Ditte Juul Reder, Jakob Mads Rud, Mads Peter Rommedahl & Selina M. C. Petersen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Fox News - “They Report, Who Decides?” This study deals with the coverage of the American healthcare reform “Patient Protection and Af-fordable Care Act”, commonly called “ObamaCare”, by the news network Fox News. Using agen-da-setting theory, the paper examines how Fox News attaches certain attributes to ObamaCare in the way it is presented. This examination is supplemented by framing theory, which is used to iden-tify the salient frames created by the observed attributes. Finally, the paper examines the influence that Fox news might have on its viewers’ opinions on the healthcare reform. This is achieved by utilizing the theory about the third dimension of power, as described by Steven Lukes. The study concludes that Fox News has covered the health care reform from a mainly critical and Republican oriented perspective. The attributes attached to the reform, as well as the salient frames in the coverage, are reflected in the attitude of the viewers. This makes it very probable that Fox News influences their viewers through the coverage. The paper has been written from a social con-structivist position, which means that no normative ideals about how the way Fox News should communicate have been covered. Instead, the approach aims to be critical and allow the possibility of alternative perceptions of reality and perspectives.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato18 jan. 2013
VejledereKenneth Reinicke


  • agenda-setting
  • USA
  • nyhedsmedier
  • framing
  • demokrat
  • Obama
  • Steven Lukes
  • Shanto Iyengar
  • konservativ
  • formidling
  • Affordable Care Act
  • magtteori
  • sundhedssystem
  • medier
  • sundhedsreform
  • foxy doctor Marc Siegel
  • Fox News
  • ObamaCare
  • republikansk
  • healthcare reform
  • politik
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act