Friday, March 11, 2005

Public Opinion Watch: Terrorism Response

I’m sure it’s common belief that television as the reigning media influences how the electorate interprets the world. Good to have some data behind that.

Apparently liberals who got most of their news from TV became more pro-government in the days after the 9-11 attacks, compared to those who got their news from newspapers.

Like Nixon v Kennedy debates, this is not wholly good or bad. Viscerality can convince to change their outlooks when otherwise rationalization and status quo hold sway. Any anti-war person should remember that it’s widespread graphic depictions of war that made Vietnam and Abu Gahraib such debacles. But any pro-war person should accept that we are not going into our foreign policy with the most educated of intentions.

But I do wish it would mean there’d be less comment about the brainwashing of the liberal media..


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