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Framing the news: 'bad' mothers and the 'Medea' news frame

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Goc, NE 2009 , 'Framing the news: 'bad' mothers and the 'Medea' news frame' , Australian Journalism Review, vol. 31, No. 1 , pp. 33-47 .

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Abstract

This article maps the news coverage and public discourse on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and draws parallels with the 1980 disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain in outback Australia, and the disappearance and murder of JonBenet Ramsey in Colorado in the USA in 1996. In doing so, it uncovers a recurrent and disturbing meta-narrative that places three innocent mothers whose children go missing in a deviant 'Medea' news frame.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Goc, NE
Keywords: Madeleine McCann, Azaria Chamberlain, JonBenet Ramsey, news frame, 'bad' mothers, news narratives, framing the news, the 'Medea' news frame
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journalism Review
ISSN: 0810-2686
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