Wednesday 29 November 2023, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
VenueFUR - Furness LT 3 - View Map
Open toAll Lancaster University (non-partner) students, Alumni, Postgraduates, Public, Staff, Undergraduates
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Title: "Trumping the News: A High-Frequency Analysis"
Abstract: Do mainstream media outlets actively amplify politicians' social media statements?
How much of an impact does this amplification have on individuals' political opinions?
To answer these questions, I first study cable news coverage of Donald J. Trump's tweets using novel high-frequency coverage measures for CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. I show that Trump was able to set the agenda of cable news outlets through Twitter, with cable outlets covering his tweets minutes after these had been posted.
I then take advantage of a large public opinion survey to investigate the impact of TV coverage of Trump's tweets on public opinion. I find that CNN's broadcasts of Trump's tweets were associated with a significant decrease in the approval of Trump by CNN viewers, hours after a tweet was covered. The opposite effect holds for Fox News viewers.
These findings shed light on a new channel through which social media can impact individuals' political opinions.
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