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Miller and Krosnick: News media impact on the ingredients of presidential evaluations

Disclaimer. Don't rely on these old notes in lieu of reading the literature, but they can jog your memory. As a grad student long ago, my peers and I collaborated to write and exchange summaries of political science research. I posted them to a wiki-style website. "Wikisum" is now dead but archived here. I cannot vouch for these notes' accuracy, nor can I say who wrote them.

Miller and Krosnick. 2000. News media impact on the ingredients of presidential evaluations. AJPS.

The Lit's Problem

The lit has (correctly) found priming effects: If the media covers an issue, then people evaluate politicians largely in terms of that issue. But the lit has incorrectly attributed this to "accessibility" effects. The real cause is "agenda setting," moderated by trust and political knowledge.


The Model

The Design

Experimental. Subjects view various news broadcasts, some of which have prominent stories about particular subjects included. (i.e. all viewers watched the same base set of stories, but some had stories about drugs, immigration, or crime inserted into their video.) Then they evaluate Clinton (both generally and in terms of the policy at hand).

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