Does Audience Skepticism of the Media Matter in Agenda Setting?

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Abstract

This article explores whether skepticism towards the media moderates agenda setting effects. It is hypothesized that agenda setting will be weaker for those who mistrust the media. This hypothesis was tested on three large-sample data sets. The findings show that the aggregate-level correlation of media and public agenda was weaker for skeptics, compared to non-skeptics. On the individual level, there was a significant association between skepticism and the perception of the most important problem facing the nation, controlling for various demographic and political variables.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-176
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2003

Keywords

  • BROADCASTING industry
  • DIGITAL media
  • MASS media
  • SKEPTICISM
  • COMMUNICATION
  • JOURNALISM

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