The Framing of Occupy Wall Street by The New York Times And New York Post
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The purpose of this study was to compare how a liberal paper, The New York Times, and a conservative paper, The New York Post, framed Occupy Wall Street (OWS) during its nearly two-month occupation of Zuccotti Park in 2011. The New York Times and the New York Post were selected because they were both based in New York City where OWS occurred. OWS centered around economic issues originating from the 2007-2008 economic recession. This study utilized the frames previous scholars found to be prevalent among newspaper coverage of social movement organizations. A content analysis was used to analyze The New York Times and New York Post articles that spanned OWS' Zuccotti Park occupation. Research results found that disparaging frames were present in both The New York Times and the New York Posts' coverage of OWS and that there were no statistically significant differences between the two papers in their utilization. In regards to OWS, the movement was treated by The New York Times and the New York Post as illegitimate.