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Watchdog or lapdog? : media and the U.S. government

Author: Nancy Qian; David Yanagizawa; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, ©2010.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 15738.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This paper investigates the extent to which strategic objectives of the U.S. government influenced news coverage during the Cold War. We establish two relationships: 1) strategic objectives of the U.S. government cause the State Department to under-report human rights violations of strategic allies; and 2) these objectives reduce news coverage of human rights abuses for strategic allies in six U.S. national  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Qian; David Yanagizawa; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 514118113
Notes: "February 2010."
Title from http://www.nber.org/papers/w15738 viewed Feb. 15, 2010.
Description: 1 online resource (48, [21] pages) : illustrations, maps.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 15738.
Responsibility: Nancy Qian, David Yanagizawa.

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This paper investigates the extent to which strategic objectives of the U.S. government influenced news coverage during the Cold War. We establish two relationships: 1) strategic objectives of the U.S. government cause the State Department to under-report human rights violations of strategic allies; and 2) these objectives reduce news coverage of human rights abuses for strategic allies in six U.S. national newspapers. To establish causality, we exploit plausibly exogenous variation in a country's strategic value to the U.S. from the interaction of its political alliance to the U.S. and membership on the United Nations Security Council. In addition to the main results, we are able to provide qualitative evidence and indirect quantitative evidence to shed light on the mechanisms underlying the reduced form effects.

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