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Media Agenda Against Bernie Sanders? Examining the Emotional Tone of US Political News Articles

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posted on 08.12.2021, 18:07 by Derek NewmanDerek Newman
The emotional tone of news articles (N = 120) on Democratic Party primary candidates was examined to determine if the media has bias towards Bernie Sanders. Using the Dictionary of Affect (Whissell, 2009), article words (N = 115,569) in the first 60 days of 2020 were measured for their pleasantness, activation, and imagery by candidate - Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Mike Bloomberg. Significant differences between Bernie Sanders and the other candidates were found for article pleasantness (p = .000), article imagery (p = 0.003) and headline activation (p = 0.23). Articles written on Bernie Sanders were less pleasant and more active in tone, as well as being more abstract (low in imagery).

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derek.newman@cambriancollege.ca

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Canada

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Higher Education Lecturer

Lead author institution

Cambrian College

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