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Entering the "foxhole": Partisan media priming and the application of racial justice in America

Bell, AM; DeSante, CD; Gift, T; Smith, CW; (2022) Entering the "foxhole": Partisan media priming and the application of racial justice in America. Research & Politics , 9 (4) pp. 1-9. 10.1177/20531680221137136. Green open access

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Abstract

Can accessing a partisan media environment—irrespective of its content—change how Americans interpret and assess news? We examine this question by focusing on one of the most fraught issues in American society: racial justice. Although studies suggest that repeated exposure to right-leaning media messaging can amplify racial resentment, we leverage a pair of survey experiments to test whether merely seeing a conservative media masthead can make Whites render justice with racialized considerations. Results show that—even keeping the content of stories identical—entering a simulated right-leaning media environment significantly conditions racial attitudes. We find evidence of both anti-Black and pro-White biases that are activated when respondents consume information under the Fox News masthead. This study has important implications for understanding how partisan media priming shapes political views and the distinctive nature of racism in America.

Type: Article
Title: Entering the "foxhole": Partisan media priming and the application of racial justice in America
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/20531680221137136
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/20531680221137136
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2022. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Keywords: Race, racial attitudes, media, partisanship, punishment
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10162106
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