Conditional Press Influence in Politics (Lexington Studies by Adam J. Schiffer

By Adam J. Schiffer

This booklet theorizes and checks the stipulations below which the click is a strong political establishment, and whilst it cedes its energy to different associations and actors. It provides a theoretical framework and substantive case experiences to help students throughout a large zone of yankee politics in knowing the inside track media's function in American politics.

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This chapter builds a theory of conditional media influence. Specifically, the task is to explain variation in the amount of independent media influence in a political domain. PRINCIPLES Following the conceptual framework set forth in the last chapter, media influence is defined as the independent capacity of news organizations, in reducing the universe of political phenomena to a discrete news product, to affect public opinion, constrain the behavior of candidates, officeholders, and other elite political actors, or influence policy output.

1. 1. 31 Comparing Coverage to the Economy: Conditions episodes. While the general state of the economy does not change radically from month to month, the changes therein are more subject to jumping from good news, in the aggregate, to bad news. As a result conditions adheres more closely to the economic scale than episodes, despite the fact that the scale is composed of three measures of change in economic indicators. 2. Comparing Coverage to the Economy: Episodes 32 Chapter Four MEDIA INFLUENCE IN THE ECONOMIC REALM Though the correlation between economic coverage and the true economy is considerable, much variation in news remains to be explained, especially for episodes coverage.

Scholars often use an indicator of the country’s primary language and its proximity to English (Chang, Shoemaker and Brendlinger 1987, Hester 1973, Van Belle 2000, Wu 2000). Language translatability is a direct measure of the ease with which a news organization is able to cover a country’s affairs. Additionally, it serves as a proxy for some of the more nebulous aspects of cultural proximity, including cultural affinity and, in keeping with the concerns of critical theorists that the American press is ethnocentric, the “whiteness” of the country’s population.

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