Do Two Wrongs Make a Right? News Analysis of a Violent Response to Clergy Sex Abuse

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations

Abstract

Framing analysis of the case in which Dontee Stokes shot Reverend Maurice Blackwell revealed three main themes in the Baltimore Sun: Harm Frame, in which Stokes was depicted as a victim; Apology/Admission Frame, which emphasized how the church and criminal justice system contributed to this case; and Religious Justice Frame, which evaluated the case by excusing Stokes's actions within the context of his religious beliefs. Findings suggest that when journalists are faced with abnormal crime stories, they resort to unconventional ideas while writing. Stokes's crime did not make sense and the media excused with religious justice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-73
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Media and Religion
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Do Two Wrongs Make a Right? News Analysis of a Violent Response to Clergy Sex Abuse'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this