COMPARATIVE CONTENT ANALYSIS OF THE COVERAGE OF BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS BY CNN AND OAN FROM MAY 26 2016 TO NOVEMBER 8 2020Abstract:
This study aims to analyze and compare the Black Lives Protests' coverage at their peaks in the United States from 2016 to 2020 through two news channels, CNN and OAN, and how their political and social inclinations affected the way the news channels covered the events of the protests. The method used in this study is a qualitative content analysis of news articles and live television broadcasts by CNN and OAN. This study looks at 60 combined samples, 35 from CNN and 25 from OAN. This paper observes the language used to conclude whether the content is swayed or racialized. By examining and comparing the news channels' coverage, it was concluded that CNN exhibited sympathy towards the protests, while OAN viewed them as deviant and violent.