Two Florida State University professors have published “How much does ownership matter? Deliberative discourse in local media coverage of the Terri Schiavo case.”
The authors conclude that independently owned newspapers cover controversial ideas more often than corporately owned ones. In contrast, corporately owned newspapers shied away from controversy, focusing on topics that were more familiar and resonated with legal, medical, and political institutions.
A potential takeaway for bioethicists: read the local coverage of an issue for a more robust discussion.