How The Media Is Framing The Protests: “Peaceful” Gatherings Versus “Violent” “Looters”
What is the language the media is using to describe the national (and now global) protests sparked by the death of George Floyd? The timeline below compares mentions of “peaceful” protests against “looting” against “criminal” protests and against simply “protests” as a baseline. Peaceful protests receive roughly the same amount of mentions as looters, suggesting the two frames are being used as contrasting narratives in the media. Framing of protesters as engaging in “criminal” behaviors is decreasing over time.
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