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Media Coverage of Political Scandals

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  • Riccardo Puglisi
  • James M. Snyder, Jr.

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We analyze the coverage of U.S. political scandals by U.S. newspapers during the past decade. Using automatic keyword-based searches we collected data on 35 scandals and approximately 200 newspapers. We nd that Democratic-leaning newspapers -- i.e., those with a higher propensity to endorse Democratic candidates in elections -- give relatively more coverage to scandals involving Republican politicians than scandals involving Democratic politicians, while Republican-leaning newspapers tend to do the opposite. This is true even when controlling for the average partisan leanings of readers. In contrast, newspapers appear to cater to the partisan tastes of readers only for local scandals.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 14598.

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Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Publication status: published as Puglisi R, Snyder JM. Newspaper Coverage of Political Scandals. Journal of Politics. 2011;73(3):931-950.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:14598

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