Trends in Journalistic Coverage of Iran’s Killed Scientists (click to open .pdf)
Daniel T. Rust
This paper seeks to analyze the coverage of Iran’s murdered nuclear scientists from the last few years in five newspapers of record: the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times. The research question is: to what degree do Western newspapers react favorably or unfavorably to assumed covert action against Iranian nuclear scientists, and are these trends caused by American opinion? Research methods primarily rely on a quantitative analysis of the verbiage used in each news outlet’s coverage of each case.
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