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Tuesday, December 6 • 10:15am - 12:00pm
Evidence Of Racism In Television News Reporting Of Police Shootings

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This is an archival study on the implicit and explicit biases shown by network newscasters from the “Big Three” news television channels (Fox, MSNBC, and CNN) in relation to the fatal shooting of African American civilians by the police over the last three months. Three African American civilians who were shot and killed by police officers between July and September 2016 were selected and one television clip from each of the three news channels was studied. Instances of racially influenced bias are coded using a variety of measures such as: facial cues, language used to describe the victim, how the victim was presented to the viewers, and body language of the casters. We predict that the data will show that each network will have instances of both implicit and explicit bias. If our hypothesis is supported, then it will highlight the potential bias that mainstream media in the United States displays against African American individuals, which will in turn help the reader to create a realistic expectation of information sources. The study has powerful implications for the general public; there could be a great deal of cognitive dissonance as people realize that the sources that they trusted to remain objective in fact exhibit a tendency to use negative language and framing devices to describe African American victims.

Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:15am - 12:00pm
Wilma Sherrill Center - Concourse

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