Using textual analysis, this thesis studied newspaper coverage of the Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle murder trial and the 1919 World Series fix. It examined differences in how hometown papers (Chicago Daily Tribune and Los Angeles Times)and a national paper (New York Times)covered the scandals. It answered questions about coverage of a scandal within the entertainment industry versus one within the sports arena, and also explored how reports revealed standards of morality in the 1920s. Results showed subtle differences in hometown and national newspaper coverage, but vast differences in reports about the entertainment scandal versus the sports scandal. The research also found that citizens with a vested interest in the outcome of the scandals served as strong voices of morality.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Arbuckle, Roscoe, 1887-1933--Trials, litigation, etc.--Press coverage; Chicago White Sox (Baseball team)--History--Press coverage; World Series (Baseball) (1919)--Press coverage; Baseball--Corrupt practices--Press coverage; Content analysis (Communication); Ethics--History--20th century
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Communication (CLA)
Lopes, Melissa, "Actors & athletes on trial: A Textual analysis of two scandals in the 1920s" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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