Making Iconoclasts Credible: The Iben Browning Earthquake Prediction

November 1993 (VOL. 11, NO. 3)

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The present investigation reports the results of a content analysis of US newspaper portrayals of the 1991 earthquake prediction by Dr. Iben Browning. Results suggest that journalists wrote stories which readers may have interpreted as advocating a belief in Browning's prediction. Specifically, news stories were found to be more subjective than objective, and more supportive than critical, of both Iben Browning and his theory.