Carr, Geoffrey Thomas
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Who decides how to frame today’s version of reality? When presenting a news story, “objective” mass media journalists focus on perspectives that, though not necessarily untrue, are limited in scope. These “frames” saliently assert viewpoints while subliminalizing critical content or dissent. This research focuses on the print media’s framing of the annual School of the Americas (SOA) protest. Critics accuse the SOA (or Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) of instructing courses on torture techniques to Latin American mercenaries. Upon graduation, these “skills” are used to intimidate (sometimes fatally) democratically elected government officials, religious leaders, labor organizers, activists and civilians. A contextual analysis was conducted on national print coverage of the event and protest literature available at the 2006 vigil. This research will reveal the frequency of SOA-related coverage, how the events of the vigil were framed, and what issues were most often presented in the protest literature sample.