Network television coverage of the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Boycotts: a content analysis of the Evening News on ABC, CBS, and NBC
[August 6, 2001]
Copyright (c) 2001 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Abstract: The United States and the Soviet Union led boycotts tarnishing the 1980 and 1984 summer Olympics. This study examined how the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news programs covered the boycotts. The press nationalism model holds that media follow the “official” government line in reporting international affairs. Based on abstracts from the Vanderbilt University television archives, this content analysis found evidence to support the hypothesis that press nationalism influenced coverage of the boycotts.