Title page for ETD etd-05192010-151418

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Marrs, Richard Andrew
Author's Email Address rmarrs@vt.edu
URN etd-05192010-151418
Title Gubernatorial Girlfriends: an Analysis of News Media Frames of Political Scandal
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Brians, Craig Leonard Committee Chair
Hult, Karen M. Committee Member
Walcott, Charles E. Committee Member
  • Political Infidelity
  • Media Reporting
  • Political Scandal
  • Political Sex Scandal
Date of Defense 2010-05-05
Availability unrestricted
Since the earliest days of the American republic, political sex scandals have been a part of the political discourse. Despite the passing of several hundred years, much discussion is still given to political sex scandals by the popular media. Little attention, however, is paid to research into the relationship among political sex scandals, the media reporting of sex scandals, and the ways in which politicians are able to use the media during admissions of sex scandals. This project analyzes the most common characteristics within three major newspapers reporting on five cases of gubernatorial admissions of extramarital affairs. The multiple case studies analysis observes 89 newspaper articles to secure data from the initial speculation of a gubernatorial extramarital affair to the admission of an extramarital affair and the period of time (up to one month) following the admission of an extramarital affair.
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