Framing Private Lynch: Establishment and tenacity of the hero frame during war

Following the rescue of Jessica Lynch, a soldier captured during the invasion of Iraq, media outlets incorrectly sensationalized events surrounding her capture, imprisonment, and rescue.

Using Lule’s components of a hero, newspaper articles and news transcripts were analyzed for these attributes, and a Web forum was studied to gauge reaction.

A hero frame was present in the press and, for at least a portion of the population, the frame was a stubborn one.

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