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Information Gatekeeping and Media Bias

Hulya Eraslan and Saltuk Ozerturk
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Hulya Eraslan: Rice University
Saltuk Ozerturk: Southern Methodist University

Working Papers from Rice University, Department of Economics

Abstract: We develop a model to study the political economy implications of information gatekeeping, i.e., a policy of granting access only to friendly media outlets and denying access to critical ones. While an incumbent prefers positive bias, granting access improves her re-election probability only if coverage is sufficiently credible in the eyes of the public. Information gatekeeping can induce a quid pro quo relationship: media provides coverage with positive bias in exchange of future access, thereby affecting electoral outcomes in favor of incompetent incumbents. The degree of access media enjoy increases with competence of incumbents over those issues under public focus.

JEL-codes: D72 D83 L82 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mic and nep-pol
Date: 2017-12
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