Debunking Sarah Palin: Mainstream news coverage of ‘death panels’

  title={Debunking Sarah Palin: Mainstream news coverage of ‘death panels’},
  author={Regina G. Lawrence and Matthew Schafer},
  pages={766 - 782}
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