Erik Peterson

Department of Political Science

Causes and Consequences of News Media Reputations


Americans are increasingly dissatisfied with the news media in general and, in particular, the perceived slant of political news coverage. This project seeks to address two questions. First, what underpins public perceptions of media slant in campaign coverage? Second, how do individuals respond when they encounter news coverage from an outlet they perceive as favoring the other party? These projects will contribute to an understanding of how media effects work in an environment where media outlets possess distinct ideological reputations.