Date of Award

Spring 2017

Degree Type

Honors Project

School

College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Suda Ishida

Abstract

This research paper asks the question, how are global media sources covering Donald Trump’s position on the issues of immigration and refugees? How might reader’s perceptions of Donald Trump be impacted by this coverage? By conducting a comparative, qualitative framing analysis of three international newspapers, El Universal, El País, and Pakistan Today, this project attempts to better understand how popular Mexican, Spanish and Pakistani news sources are framing Trump’s campaign in regards to immigration and refugee issues. Articles from the 18 months of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign were analyzed for content as well as common frames. Overall trends from all three sources show that the majority of articles focused on the topic of immigration broadly, while sometimes adding in content specifically regarding refugees. The focus on immigration broadly supports the agenda setting theory. In addition, the news sources analyzed most frequently framed Donald Trump’s rhetoric on immigration negatively. Finally, I argue that the framing of Trump’s immigration rhetoric in foreign news sources may give insights into potential international public perceptions of Donald Trump.

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