Gonzalez, Victoria. “A rally is a rally is a rally?”, Boston College, 2011. http://hdl.handle.net/2345/2462.
If anyone in the media were to openly claim that a political rally is "a rally is a rally," they would no doubt befall a windstorm of strong reactions from those who feel their contributions to politics and to the cause for which they are rallying uniquely important. Today, it is not only those on the left that would make this claim but also conservatives who have been defending their right to rally and forging their own brand of "grassroots". It is safe to say that no one would overtly make this claim, however the media's actions in this case are stronger than their words. Through the use of stale framing packages, the mainstream media is displaying that the "Restoring Honor Rally," the "One Nation Working Together March" and the "Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear" are essentially the same due to their nearly identical forms. Analysis of samples from the coverage of the three mega-rallies reveal what these media packages are and what issues go unnoticed as a result of such systematic reporting. Therefore, this paper goes about identifying those stale media frames, displaying the way in which the media relied upon the form of the events to dictate the nature of the reporting consequently hindering a deeper understanding of the functions.