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Comparing Media Perceptions of the Presidential Impeachment Crises and Communication Strategies - The Cases of South Korean Presidents Roh Moo-hyun and Park Geun-hye -

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2018, 14(4), pp.1-16
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2018.14.4.1
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : January 16, 2018
  • Accepted : April 4, 2018
  • Published : April 30, 2018

HWANG YOUNA 1 Jae Woong Yoo 2

1고려대학교
2을지대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study analyzed media perceptions of the presidential impeachment crises in South Korea and the presidents’ communication strategies in response to the crises. Media reports on the 2004 impeachment of Roh Moo-hyun and 2016 impeachment of Park Geun-hye were comparatively examined. The period chosen for analysis extended from one month prior to the two presidents’ respective impeachment votes to one month after the corresponding Constitutional Court decision and was divided into “pre-crisis,” “mid-crisis,” and “post-crisis” stages. Four newspapers were chosen for analysis. The findings showed a higher rate of negative characterization for Park than for Roh in their respective reporting. Perceptions of responsibility for impeachment and characterization of the situation as a crisis were also lower for Park than for Roh. Theoretical and practical implications of the research are discussed.

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