Date of Award
Master of Arts
English as a Second Language
Philip M. McCarthy
Charles E. Hall
Hard news articles can reflect a media organization's bias. This study assesses bias in hard news articles published by Fox News and MSNBC. More specifically, the study examines bias in the two networks' coverage of elections and immigration. Indicative linguistic features identified by the Gramulator reveal biases in corpora of texts pertaining to these two news topics. The results suggest that the networks exercise selection bias. Furthermore, the findings show that the networks use the same collocations differently and also use different collocations to refer to the same referents.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Terwilleger, Brock Ashton, "Bias in Hard News Articles from Fox News and MSNBC: An Empirical Assessment Using the Gramulator" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 196.