KRISEN OCH OPINIONEN - EN JÄMFÖRANDE STUDIE AV SVENSKA LEDARSIDOR UNDER TRE KRISER SOM FORMAT 2000-TALET
Our aim with this scientific study is to investigate how the editorial writers in Sweden position themselves, in relation to the governing power during times of crisis. We hope with this study to shine light upon the role of editorial writers as it is today, as it is during crisis, and might be in the future. In consideration of the fact that Swedish editorials does indeed have a political inclination, it is interesting and relevant to investigate whether they do possess the ability to criticize the leaders of society or those with power. Even though the editorial agrees with them on a political level. Our study will seek to find the answer to the hypothesis that, the majority of editorial writers are critical to the governing powers during times of crisis. To put our research into a greater context, we have chosen a theoretical framework consisting of earlier research in a variety of fields. The existing definition of what an editorial writer is and the role that they have in a democratic society, the changing world of media and their part in crisis journalism. All of this with the agenda setting theory and the rally round the flag effect in mind. In our research we have chosen to use two methods, a quantitative method, and qualitative method. This to investigate five different editorials in five different newspapers during three different times of crisis. Our results show that the majority of editorials are critical towards the governing power during times of crisis, there by confirming our hypothesis. It also shows that political inclinations do effect to which degree an editorial of the same political colour as the governing party criticizes the power. However, it does not stop them from doing so. With this result we can also confirm and enhance the editorial writer’s role in crisis journalism.