Exposure to news, political comedy, and entertainment talk shows: Concern about security and political mistrust

Yariv Tsfati, Riva Tukachinsky, Yoram Peri

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Previous research has demonstrated that exposure to news media increases viewers' concerns about national security, as well as their mistrust of politicians and government. However, the contribution of entertainment media to security concerns and trust in government has received only scant attention in previous research, conducted mainly in the American context. The current investigation explores possible associations between exposure to news and political entertainment and concern about security and political mistrust using survey data (n = 512) collected in Israel in the aftermath of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah conflict. Results demonstrate that exposure to entertainment talk shows was related to greater concern about security and high levels of political trust, while exposure to political comedy was related to reduced concerns about security and lower levels of political trust. News exposure was not significantly related to security concerns and political trust.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-423
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Public Opinion Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Data collection for this study was funded by the Chaim Herzog Institute for Society and Politics at Tel Aviv University. The authors are grateful to Jonathan Cohen and Oren Livio for their comments. This article was first submitted to IJPOR March 17, 2009. The final version was received March 30, 2009.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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