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ERIC Number: EJ900934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
The Deviant Organization and the Bad Apple CEO: Ideology and Accountability in Media Coverage of Corporate Scandals
Benediktsson, Michael Owen
Social Forces, v88 n5 p2189-2216 Jul 2010
What role do the media play in the identification and construction of white-collar crimes? Few studies have examined media coverage of corporate deviance. This study investigates news coverage of six large-scale accounting scandals that broke in 2001 and 2002. Using a variety of empirical methods to analyze the 51 largest U.S. newspapers, the study tests several explanations for tendencies to run more or less coverage of the scandals in question. The study then examines the substantive focus of coverage. First, the results suggest that scandal coverage was influenced by the political ideology of newspapers, as opposed to economic interests or social structural ties between firms. Second, the analysis shows that attention to the adjudication of individual crimes and the punishment of individual offenders received the bulk of media attention. (Contains 3 tables, 4 figures and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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