Skip to comments.The Nat'l News Media's Effect on Congress: How the Spread of Fox News Affected Elites in Congress
Posted on 09/21/2012 9:34:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Abstract - Scholars have argued that the media can affect voter opinions and turnout, but it is unclear whether elected ocials are also be affected in policy consequential ways.
In part, this is because it is extremely difficult to disentangle the infuence of media coverage on Congress from Congress's influence on media coverage. We use a unique opportunity to determine whether position taking behavior in Congress and the likelihood of incumbents being challenged is aected by the national news media.
Using the fact that the Fox News Channel was launched in October 1996 and it gradually spread across congressional districts in the United States in a manner unrelated to the ideology of the district and the incumbent representative, we show that there is a modest effect on elected officials' positions - representatives from districts where Fox News begins broadcasting become slightly more conservative relative to similar representatives in otherwise similar districts where Fox News is not present. Given the distinctive ideological content of Fox News, the effect is predictably largest among the more liberal members. However, we nd no evidence that Fox News aeffected which representatives were re-elected or replaced. Overall, our results suggest that the national media may have a slight effect on the prospects for policy change by affecting representatives' expectations and causing them to slightly adjust the positions that they take...
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99% of the MSM is commie leftist and FNC is not all that conservative at all
alan colmes, geraldo rivera, juan williams, bob beckel, shep smith. Just for starters.
Tamara Holder, Chris Hahn... and that guy with the weird eyes (looks a little like James Holmes)
Pffft on the News media changing very much but the internet...oh yeah.
The only one I can think of with wierd eyes is alan colmes. Is there someone else?
but the internet...oh yeah.
Yeah, I think he’s usually on America Live, debating on a split screen. He’s a real douche.
Colmes is weird eyebrows, not weird eyes.
Since I became aware of that, I have found it is impossible to listen to anything he says, which is probably a gift.