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Assumed Transmission in Political Science: A Call for Bringing Description Back In

Althaus, Scott L.; Swigger, Nathaniel; Chernykh, Svitlana; Hendry, David J.; Wals, Sergio; Tiwald, Christopher


News outlets cannot serve as reliable conveyors of social facts, nor do their audiences crave such content. Nonetheless, much political science scholarship assumes that objective information about social, political, and economic topics is routinely transmitted to the mass public through the news. This article addresses the problem of selection bias in news content and illustrates the problem with a content analytic study of New York Times coverage given to American war deaths in five major...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Politics
DOI: 10.1017/S0022381611000788


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