When Sex Doesn't Sell - Political Scandals, Culture, and Media Coverage in the States

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Adam J Newmark Ph.D., Professor and Co-Director of MA Program (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: The determinants of media coverage of political scandals are examined through a content analysis of AP Wire stories in ten states from 1998 to 2005. Tests of the conventional explanations of the amount of media coverage demonstrate that political culture, institutional factors, and the prominence of the officials involved matter, but find only mixed evidence that scandal severity is an important factor. Contrary to assumptions, sexual scandals do not generate more media coverage than other types of exposés.

Additional Information

“When Sex Doesn’t Sell: Political Scandals, Culture, and Media Coverage in the States,” co- authored with Shannon Vaughan. Public Integrity. 07 Dec 2014. Volume 16: 121-144. DOI: 10.2753/PIN1099-9922160201 Published by: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group ISSN: 1099-9922
Language: English
Date: 2014

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