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dc.contributor.advisorPetrocik, John R., 1944-en
dc.contributor.authorWoelfel, Stacey W.en_US
dc.date.issued2006eng
dc.date.submitted2006 Springen
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.en_US
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file viewed on (March 1, 2006)en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionVita.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2006.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Political science.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn the wake of September 11, a wave of patriotism swept across the country. Flags and patriotic paraphernalia popped up almost everywhere - including on the lapels of television news anchor people. The display of symbols raised the question of whether such displays projected a possible image of bias to television viewers.This research examines the perceptions of television news viewers exposed to varying levels of bias in visual cues and verbal information. Subjects viewed short television "news breaks" that were altered to add bias. Independent variables included lapel pins supporting a particular cause, biasing language in support of the cause, and newscaster participation in a rally for the particular cause. Dependent variables measured perceptions of fairness, accuracy, and balance. Results of the research suggest television news viewers develop a form of inertia in their perceptions of newscasters and news organization that is not easily moved by single instances of bias - no matter how severe. Subjects did not change perceptions of bias in most cases, only registering a change in some instances of the most severe forms of bias. The research suggests news organizations need not be perfect in their pursuit of unbiased news presentations, but may experience declines in audience respect with repeated bias.en_US
dc.identifier.merlin.b57907705en_US
dc.identifier.oclc85482663en_US
dc.identifier.otherWoelfelS-050206-D5003en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/4365
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2006 Freely available dissertations (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2006 Dissertations
dc.subject.lcshTelevision journalistsen_US
dc.subject.lcshJournalism -- Objectivityen_US
dc.titleSuspicious signs: effects of newscaster scripts, symbols and actions on audience perception of news organization biasen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical scienceen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical scienceeng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US


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