Information Processing in Hearings on Benghazi

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2015-04

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Huncharek, Cyrus

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The attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi has sparked national outrage. The U.S. Congress held numerous hearings and established a select committee to investigate the attack, which has been argued to be largely unsuccessful. This study aims to discover why information in the select committee is not processed at the same level as information in past hearings. By coding the individual statements and questions from the select committee hearing transcript and one of the original investigating committees it will show whether the select committee hearing is more exploratory or positional. The anticipated outcome of the study is the select committee will contain more positional questions along with a higher number of overall declarative statements. This is an indication of the select committee putting less emphasis on investigation and more on taking a position. This research will provide valuable information about the nature of hearings.

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