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Studying the position that the scoop media play in peace methods, Gadi Wolfsfeld argues that, even supposing usually damaging, the function of the clicking varies over the years and political condition. Wolfsfeld analyzes those adaptations by means of analyzing 3 significant situations: the Oslo peace approach among Israel and the Palestinians; the peace strategy among Israel and Jordan; and the method surrounding the great Friday contract in Northern eire.

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It is a process of social construction not only because of how these inputs are turned into news, but also because of what political sources 8 A similar approach is taken by Japanese researcher Ito (1990, 2002) who talks about “kuuki,” which can be translated as climate of opinion. 25 Media and the Path to Peace are saying and doing. 9 Probably the most influential aspect of the political environment has to do with the level of elite consensus in support of a peace process. This brings us to the second major thesis of this work: the greater the level of elite consensus in support of a peace process, the more likely the news media will play a positive role in that process.

Hallin (1986) makes a similar point in his work about the behavior of the American news media in the Vietnam War. Contrary to popular belief, US news coverage of the early stages of the conflict was extremely supportive. This was in keeping with the almost universal agreement about the need to stop the spread of communism in South-east Asia. As the level of elite consensus declined, news reports and editorials began to focus on more negative aspects of the war. The media may also have accelerated the decline in public support once the negative story took hold.

15 This notion was implied in the earlier discussion about the impact of elite consensus and political crisis on the media. The degree of elite consensus, it was argued, has a direct impact on journalists’ norms, routines, and coverage. The greater the level of consensus surrounding 15 Although I believe that this proposition can be applied more generally, the discussion will focus specifically on the role the news media play in peace processes. 31 Media and the Path to Peace peace, the more likely the journalists will adopt a pro-peace approach to their work.

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