On “Agata’s” case
My thesis refers to the events that took place in June 2008. A 14-year-old pregnant girl was admitted to one of the Warsaw hospitals. “Życie Warszawy” published short news about this case. Few days later a real war started in the media. The greatest Polish journals of opinion were trying to persuade their readers to believe one, “true” version of the girl’s story. They were also attacking the opponents for spreading rumors and for ideological engagement. This thesis consists of two parts. In the first, I try to clarify what is understood as a “media fact.” The second part is supported with the press material. It shows how the manner of facts’ presentation depends on ideology of the medium. In the conclusions I illustrate that the media are aware of their “tabloidization.” Furthermore, I wish to show how a media fact is created.