Donald Trump is definitely not my favorite president. And actually, he’s no one’s favorite president, right? At least in Europe. Or should I say in European media? Most leading newspapers, television programs and other sources of news in Europe share the same (sometimes covered) frame when it comes to news about Trump: he’s no good, he can’t rule and Europe stands against him. This tendency was especially visible in newsitems on Trump’s handshake. More (other) articles here, here, and here
According to Schuck and Feinholdt, through interaction between journalists and news organizations, political elites, and the public, news frames eventually take shape (2015: 2). One can argue if that interaction is actually taking place here. That the media, the elites and the public are sharing an argument, instead of having a dialogue.
Does it matter? Yes to me it does. Because even though I agree with this dominant frame about trump, I find myself in an inner conflict. Is the journalists integrity at risk when reporting news in such a frame? One the one hand it could be argued that a journalist should always be as objective as possible. But on the other hand one can believe that by using different frames, journalists remain critical. So the question here is, what is the relationship between framing and objectivity?
Although Schuck and Feinholdt present relevant theories and concepts on framing, the question whether or not the objectivity of the media and journalists is at risk in using frames, unfortunately remains unanswered.
Schuck, Andreas R.T., and Alina Feinholdt. (2015). News Framing Effects and Emotions. Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn (Eds.), Emerging trends in the social and behavioral sciences.