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The Age of ObamaThe Changing Place of Minorities in British and American Society$
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Tom Clark, Robert D. Putnam, and Edward Fieldhouse

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082771

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082771.001.0001

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Distorting mirrors: media framing and political debate

Distorting mirrors: media framing and political debate

(p.93) 6 Distorting mirrors: media framing and political debate
The Age of Obama

Tom Clark

Robert D. Putnam

Edward Fieldhouse

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses what happens when discomfort with diversity is given an airing, which is what happened during the British campaign of 2005, and observes that the media sometimes treat facts on immigration with outright contempt, which can help distort public opinion. It also shows that words are powerful – by increasing anxiety – but the extent to which they do so depends on the number of immigrants that are living locally.

Keywords:   discomfort with diversity, British campaign, immigration facts, media, public opinion

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