Political Identity of American Presidential Candidates 2016 in the International Newspapers Sites

International Journal of Communication and Media Science
© 2019 by SSRG - IJCMS Journal
Volume 6 Issue 1
Year of Publication : 2019
Authors : Fedaa Mohamed Abdel Aziz
: 10.14445/2349641X/IJCMS-V6I1P101
MLA Style:

Fedaa Mohamed Abdel Aziz, "Political Identity of American Presidential Candidates 2016 in the International Newspapers Sites" SSRG International Journal of Communication and Media Science 6.1 (2019): 1-7.

APA Style:

Fedaa Mohamed Abdel Aziz,(2019). Political Identity of American Presidential Candidates 2016 in the International Newspapers Sites. SSRG International Journal of Communication and Media Science 6(1), 1-7.


It is known that voting choice may be affected, or mainly determined, by the identity of politicians. Newspapers coverage may represent the participation of the newspaper itself in the contest between candidates to win the presidency. Sometimes, newspaper construct identity positions for someone and that is a key area of investigation within this study.
In this context, the study examines the political identity of the 2016 American presidential election’scandidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the newspaper coverage. This analysis will mainly cover the periods of the debates and election days.
This paper will question the ways the newspapers portray the political identity of the American presidential candidates and the types of role model given by the newspapers to the presidential candidate identity. Consequently, this paper will finally question the identity portrayed in the newspaper whether it is a real image or a constructed identity that represents the beliefs of the newspaper and the candidate they support. From this point, the researcher will be able to identify whether the newspaper stereotyped the identity of a candidate or not.
This paper will depend on two theories which are the Identity theory and the Social Responsibility theory.
This paper will depend on the Discourse Analysis in order to measure and evaluate the ways in which identities have been constructed in the time frame.
The three newspapers that are included in this paper are The Washington Post (America), The Ahram Weekly (Egypt) and The Times of India (India).


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Key Words:

International News, News Coverage, Political Identity, American Presidency 2016,Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump