Title: Does the 4th estate deliver?: Towards a more direct measure of political media bias
Authors: Dewenter, Ralf 
Dulleck, Uwe
Thomas, Tobias
Language: eng
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: düsseldorf university press
Document Type: Working Paper
Journal / Series / Working Paper (HSU): DICE discussion paper
Issue: 235
Publisher Place: Düsseldorf
This contribution introduces a new direct measure of political media bias by analyzing articles and newscasts with respect to the tonality on political parties and politicians. On this basis we develop an index sorting the media in the political left to right spectrum. We apply the index to opinion-leading media in Germany, analysing 7,203,351 reports on political parties and politicians in 35 media outlets from 1988 to 2012. With this approach, in contrast to other indexes, we are able to achieve a more direct and reliable measure of media bias. In addition, we apply the index to study whether the media fulfil their role as the fourth estate, i.e. provide another level of control for government, or whether there is evidence of government capture.
Organization Units (connected with the publication): VWL, insb. Industrieökonomik 
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/147833
ISBN: 978-3-86304-234-9
Appears in Collections:2016

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