This article examines media representations of statements
made by the 2012 student movement in Hungary. We
analyzed a total of 138 articles from two main Hungarian online
journals. We found that both outlets focused strictly on the movement’s
specific claims about educational policy but neglected to
report on the broader political-ideological claims that it made. The
emphasized claims reflected the specific political agenda of each
outlet, with both newspapers also framing events according to the
outlook of Hungary’s dominant political establishment (Fidesz).
We then traced the dialogue between the Hungarian government
and the student movement over time. We found that the movement
was the much more active partner in this dialogue. We coded the
co-occurrences of psycholinguistic markers, testing perspective-taking
as a requirement for dialogue. The results indicated that the
dialogue was a pretense of negotiation from the government and
ended with insignificant adjustments to its original plans.