Family ties: A case study of coverage of families and friends during the hijacking of TWA flight 847.
When U.S. citizens are held hostage in a foreign land, U.S. journalists have problems making the story meaningful for their readers. The hostages are usually not accessible. The political causes are far too complex to translate well into 90-second nightly news stories or 20-inch newspaper articles. Friends and families of the hostages provide journalists with a way for focusing on the human element of the story. This case study of the 1985 hijacking of TWA 847 illustrates how such a focus can lead to exploitation of friends and family to manipulation of news media.
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Elliott, D. (1988). Family ties: A case study of coverage of families and friends during the hijacking of TWA flight 847. Political Communication and Persuasion. 5(1), 67-75.
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