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Oil and WaterMedia Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster$
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Andrea Miller, Shearon Roberts, and Victoria LaPoe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039720

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039720.001.0001

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Who Runs This Disaster? The Media and the Blame Game

Who Runs This Disaster? The Media and the Blame Game

(p.82) 4 Who Runs This Disaster? The Media and the Blame Game
Oil and Water

Andrea Miller

Shearon Roberts

Victoria LaPoe

University Press of Mississippi

“Obama’s Katrina” was used by the media within the first week of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster. Was the media’s comparison automatic and/or inevitable? This chapter will examine the narratives put forth during Hurricane Katrina and the oil disaster under the blame frame. The chapter includes a content analysis of frames of the oil spill coverage and a comparison of frames to Katrina. The attribution of responsibility takes on a different meaning between the two crises. This chapter addresses corporate responsibility vs. governmental responsibility and possible future political implications. Five years later, the Katrina recovery is on-going and the Oil Spill implications also have longevity. Therefore, responsibility and accountability remain a vital part of the media discourse. Also discussed in this chapter, the role of the media to ensure the spotlight remains on those institutions who must answer to the public when disaster strikes.

Keywords:   Attribution of responsibility, Framing, Content analysis, Hurricane Katrina, Deepwater Horizon oil disaster

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