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Hostile media perception affects news bias, but not news sharing intentions.

Lo Iacono, Sergio and Daniel Dores Cruz, Terence (2022) 'Hostile media perception affects news bias, but not news sharing intentions.' Royal Society Open Science, 9 (4). 211504-. ISSN 2054-5703

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Abstract

Hostile media perception (HMP) theory suggests that partisans perceive neutral coverage of news by outlets opposite to their political leaning as biased against their side. We conducted two pre-registered online experiments to assess the effect of HMP on news bias and news sharing intentions regarding two salient and controversial topics in the US: police conduct (Study 1, <i>N</i> = 817) and COVID-19 norms (Study 2, <i>N</i> = 819). Results show that partisans perceive neutral coverage of news by outlets opposite to their political leaning as biased, even when we account for their prior beliefs regarding the media outlet and news content. However, HMP seems to be limited in its consequences, as it has little impact on partisans' willingness to share news from outlets of opposite political leaning, even though the news is perceived as biased.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hostile media perception; news bias; news sharing; trust
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2022 12:16
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:54
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/32937

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