How ACORN Was Framed: Political Controversy and Media Agenda Setting

  title={How ACORN Was Framed: Political Controversy and Media Agenda Setting},
  author={Peter Dreier and Christopher Robert Martin},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={761 - 792}
Using the news controversy over the community group ACORN, we illustrate the way that the media help set the agenda for public debate and frame the way that debate is shaped. Opinion entrepreneurs (primarily business and conservative groups and individuals, often working through web sites) set the story in motion as early as 2006, the conservative echo chamber orchestrated an anti-ACORN campaign in 2008, the Republican presidential campaign repeated the allegations with a more prominent… 

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