"The press has gone crazy”: online media and political rhetoric of immigrants in the US

Mills, J.M., Gomes, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-5503-0037 and Walzak, J., 2022. "The press has gone crazy”: online media and political rhetoric of immigrants in the US. International Journal of Migration and Border Studies. ISSN 1755-2419 (Forthcoming)

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Over recent decades, accessibility of mass media has introduced a new arena for the dissemination of political rhetoric to the public, and politicians have capitalised on the capacity for mass media to polarise public opinion on contested social issues. Research has argued that President Trump has extended prior rhetoric on the dangers of illegal immigration to also encompass asylum seekers and other immigrants entering the USA legally in order to solidify political support from citizens fearful or resentful of these minority groups.

Through a content analysis of online news articles collected from FOX, CNN, and CBS between 2017-2019, we explore the media representations of immigration, particularly regarding those crossing the USA-Mexico border. Although each media outlet has a particular way of portraying this social and political issue, overall findings illustrate increases to the frequency of news media narratives criminalising refugees crossing the southern border, exacerbating political divides on immigration issues, and garnering support for restrictive, conservative-led anti-immigration policies.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Migration and Border Studies
Creators: Mills, J.M., Gomes, S. and Walzak, J.
Publisher: Inderscience
Date: 10 May 2022
ISSN: 1755-2419
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 08 Aug 2022 15:36
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2022 15:37
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46841

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