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ERIC Number: ED120883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 77
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Reference Count: 0
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Biased News in the 1972 Campaign: A Multi-Media Analysis.
Hofstetter, C. Richard
The purpose of this study is to present systematic findings concerning bias in TV news coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign and to describe the kinds of coverage that the candidates and parties received during the campaign. News about the election was analyzed from weekday network evening news programs, AP day and night wire coverage, a daily newspaper that endorsed McGovern ("Washington Post"), and a daily that endorsed Nixon ("Chicago Tribune"). The first section of the document is an introduction to the study. The second section is a listing of the findings of the study. The third section examines perceptions of bias in the news including bases of perceptions of bias in television news, partisan choice and perceived bias, and cognitions about news and perceived bias. The final section is a discussion of the findings: structural bias was clearly evident in much of the analysis; each candidate benefited from the way sources of news were handled; if either candidate gained from issue coverage during the 1972 election, it was Nixon; issues were covered differently on television and in newspapers; and perceptions of biased TV news coverage had a variety of effects on voting behavior and attitudes about the medium. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper prepared at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Portland, Oregon, April 14-17, 1976)