American Atrocity Revisited: National Identity, Cascading Frames, and the My Lai Massacre

  title={American Atrocity Revisited: National Identity, Cascading Frames, and the My Lai Massacre},
  author={Charles M. Rowling and Penelope Sheets and Timothy M. Jones},
  journal={Political Communication},
  pages={310 - 330}
This study draws on the “cascading activation” model of press-state relations to explore U.S. political and news discourse surrounding the 1968 My Lai Massacre. We systematically analyze White House, military, congressional, and news communications and draw upon scholarship in social psychology to assess why the press might challenge certain frames in response to My Lai but indiscriminately echo others. In particular, within these communications, we examine how serious and widespread the… 
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