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How Partisan is the Press? Multiple Measures of Media Slant

Gans, Joshua S; Leigh, Andrew

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We employ several different approaches to estimate the political position of Australian media outlets, relative to federal parliamentarians. First, we use parliamentary mentions to code over 100 public intellectuals on a left-right scale. We then estimate slant by using the number of mentions that each public intellectual receives in each media outlet. Second, we have independent raters separately code front-page election stories and headlines. Third, we tabulate the number of electoral...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGans, Joshua S
dc.contributor.authorLeigh, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:11:09Z
dc.identifier.issn0013-0249
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/63690
dc.description.abstractWe employ several different approaches to estimate the political position of Australian media outlets, relative to federal parliamentarians. First, we use parliamentary mentions to code over 100 public intellectuals on a left-right scale. We then estimate slant by using the number of mentions that each public intellectual receives in each media outlet. Second, we have independent raters separately code front-page election stories and headlines. Third, we tabulate the number of electoral endorsements that newspapers give to each side of politics in federal elections. Overall, we find that the Australian media are quite centrist, with very few outlets being statistically distinguishable from the middle of Australian politics. It is possible that this is because of the lack of competition in the Australian media market. To the extent that we can separate content slant from editorial slant, we find some evidence that editors are more partisan than journalists.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceThe Economic Record
dc.subjectKeywords: competition (economics); electoral system; estimation method; federal system; mass media; politics; Australia
dc.titleHow Partisan is the Press? Multiple Measures of Media Slant
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume88
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor149903 - Heterodox Economics
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB837
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGans, Joshua S, University of Toronto
local.contributor.affiliationLeigh, Andrew, College of Business and Economics, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue280
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage127
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage147
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1475-4932.2011.00782.x
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:41:35Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84857448896
local.identifier.thomsonID000310766600015
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