Conclusion

The Hattiesburg American was able to cover the article in a neutral light by reporting the facts of incidents without putting negative slander into their articles or headlines.  The editors of the neutral articles only reported quotes from government officials who were stating the facts.

Articles that were considered positive biased encouraged Meredith’s ending of segregation.  Positive articles did not focus on the negative surrounding Meredith; they spoke positively of Meredith’s attempting of entering the university.  The articles that were concluded as being negative biased spoke slander words of Meredith.  On October 1, 1962, an article in The Hattiesburg American blamed Meredith for the death of two people from the violent riot.  Some negative articles would encourage the people who attempted to deny Meredith’s entrance.

Although other local papers such as Jackson Daily News and Meridian Star shown biased sides of the stories, such as Jackson Daily News headlines referencing the federal troops by calling them “government goonsqauds,” national weekly’s such as Time and Jet, were able to give a national perspective of the Meredith Crisis.

Jet provided commentary from the public and public officials.  Jet was able to give commentaries from the general who shared different views of segregation.

Time provided commentary from public officials and conversations between Governor Barnett and a justice department aide.  Time gave brief descriptions of Meredith’s legal battle and resistance of the south to integrate after Brown v. Board of Education.

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