Document Type

Honors Project


I would like to thank my adviser, Professor Julie Dolan, for teaching me the tools to conduct independent research during a research project in the summer of 2011, for her guidance throughout the entirety of this project, and for lending a small library’s worth of books and other research materials to me over the course of the year.


Previous research suggests that politicians and the press spin news stories through their remarks and coverage of remarks to their own benefit — but is this also true for remarks made by Cabinet Secretaries? For this project, I compared remarks given by DHS Secretaries with newspaper articles about those remarks. I find that Secretaries’ ability to shape issues is initially limited by the press; however, Secretaries succeed in conveying their message eventually. This is important because citizens should know what government officials are saying and what those statements mean; therefore, media coverage of those statements should be critical and accurate.



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