Whose News? Economic Reporting and the Distribution of Gains and Losses in the United States
Friday, Nov. 17, 2:30-4 p.m.
Dr. Scott Matthews, Memorial University, will present. We know that citizens’ vote choices are shaped by their assessments of the national economy, assessments that are strongly influenced by the news. We analyze economic news content in the U.S. over the last 30 years to examine how the tone of the news responds to changes in economic inequality. We find a pervasive “pro-rich”’ bias in economic reporting, one that may help insulate governments from accountability for unequal economic outcomes.
Presented by Department of Political Science