Location

Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Lobby

Description

This thesis provides an exploratory overview of the role the El Mercurio newspaper played along with the military after the Chilean coup of 1973. The study reviews the contents of the newspaper’s front pages, including their coverage of the events during the coup. The thesis will show how the paper revisited its coverage each year on the September 11th anniversary, beginning with the years dominated by the military government, from 1973 through 1990, and continuing through the transition to democracy, from 1991 through 2007. The primary method used in the course of this examination is a content analysis, which will determine how propaganda was used during and after the coup, and to show media bias in favor of the government through the use of language used images conveyed by the conservative faction during the dictatorship and even later during Chile’s transition to democracy.

Keywords

1973; Chile; Coups d'état; El Mercurio; Mass media – Objectivity; Mass media – Political aspects; Newspapers; Political violence in mass media; Propaganda

Disciplines

Communication | Film and Media Studies | Inequality and Stratification | Journalism Studies | Mass Communication | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social Influence and Political Communication

Language

English

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Apr 15th, 1:00 PM Apr 15th, 3:00 PM

The Other September 11th: El Mercurio Media Coverage after the Chilean Coup of 1973

Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Lobby

This thesis provides an exploratory overview of the role the El Mercurio newspaper played along with the military after the Chilean coup of 1973. The study reviews the contents of the newspaper’s front pages, including their coverage of the events during the coup. The thesis will show how the paper revisited its coverage each year on the September 11th anniversary, beginning with the years dominated by the military government, from 1973 through 1990, and continuing through the transition to democracy, from 1991 through 2007. The primary method used in the course of this examination is a content analysis, which will determine how propaganda was used during and after the coup, and to show media bias in favor of the government through the use of language used images conveyed by the conservative faction during the dictatorship and even later during Chile’s transition to democracy.