Promoting Justices: Media Coverage of Judicial Nominations in Israel

21 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2014

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Bryna Bogoch

Bar-Ilan University - Interdisciplinary Department of Social Studies

Yifat Holzman-Gazit

College of Management (Israel) - School of Law

Date Written: August 11, 2014

Abstract

English Abstract: This paper compares the framing of the coverage of judicial appointments in Israel in 2008 in two newspapers with nomination news from preceding years and to the patterns of press coverage in the U.S. A content analysis of 101 Supreme Court nomination articles indicated that unlike the political frame of American coverage, the press in Israel preserves its ostensible commitment to the professionalism of judges while linking the Supreme Court to political maneuvering in the selection of candidates. These findings are discussed within the context of the media's role in constructing judicial nominations as a debate about the role of the Supreme Court in Israeli society.

Spanish Abstract: Este artículo compara el marco de la cobertura de los nombramientos judiciales en Israel en 2008 en dos periódicos, con noticias de nombramientos de años anteriores y en los Estados Unidos, con los patrones de cobertura de prensa en los EE.UU. Un análisis de contenido de 101 artículos de nombramientos de la Corte Suprema indicó que, a diferencia del marco político de la cobertura de América, la prensa en Israel consierva su aparente compromiso con la profesionalidad de los jueces, a pesar de que relaciona la Corte Suprema con maniobras políticas en la selección de candidatos. Estos resultados se discuten en el contexto del papel de los medios de comunicación en la construcción de los nombramientos judiciales como un debate sobre el papel de la Corte Suprema en la sociedad israelí.

Keywords: Judicial nominations, media and law, framing, judicial activism, Supreme Court, Israel, Nombramientos judiciales, medios de comunicación y derecho, framing, activismo judicial, Tribunal Supremo, Corte Suprema

Suggested Citation

Bogoch, Bryna and Holzman-Gazit, Yifat, Promoting Justices: Media Coverage of Judicial Nominations in Israel (August 11, 2014). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2478756

Bryna Bogoch (Contact Author)

Bar-Ilan University - Interdisciplinary Department of Social Studies ( email )

School of Communication, Bar Ilan University
Ramat Gan, 52900
Israel

Yifat Holzman-Gazit

College of Management (Israel) - School of Law ( email )

7 Yitzhak Rabin Blvd.
P.O. Box 25072
Rishon LeZion, 75190
Israel

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