• Publications
  • Influence
Sex, Lies, and War: How Soft News Brings Foreign Policy to the Inattentive Public
  • M. Baum
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
  • 1 March 2002
This study argues that, due to selective political coverage by the entertainment-oriented, soft news media, many otherwise politically inattentive individuals are exposed to information aboutExpand
Soft News and Political Knowledge: Evidence of Absence or Absence of Evidence?
In "Any Good News in Soft News?" Markus Prior investigates whether, beyond enhancing their attentiveness to select political issues (Baum, 2002a), consumers also learn about politics from soft news.Expand
The Invisible Hand of Democracy
Despite considerable normative support, analysts have failed to identify any systematic effects of democracy on domestic policy outputs. Building on a theory of the state as a monopoly producer ofExpand
The science of fake news
Social and computer science research regarding belief in fake news and the mechanisms by which it spreads is discussed, focusing on unanswered scientific questions raised by the proliferation of its most recent, politically oriented incarnation. Expand
Talking the Vote: Why Presidential Candidates Hit the Talk Show Circuit
  • M. Baum
  • Political Science
  • 1 April 2005
The 2000 presidential election found the major party presidential candidates chatting with Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O'Donnell, and Regis Philbin, trading one-liners with Jay Leno and David Letterman, andExpand
The Political Economy of Growth: Democracy and Human Capital
Democracy is more than just another brake or booster for the economy. We argue that there are significant indirect effects of democracy on growth through public health and education. Where economistsExpand
New Media and the Polarization of American Political Discourse
Scholars of political communication have long examined newsworthiness by focusing on the news choices of media organizations (Lewin, 1947; White, 1950; Sigal, 1973; Gans, 1979). However, in recentExpand
Combating fake news: an agenda for research and action
Drawn from presentations by Yochai Benkler (Harvard), Adam Berinsky (MIT), Helen Boaden (BBC), Katherine Brown (Council on Foreign Relations), Kelly Greenhill (Tufts and Harvard), David LazerExpand
The Relationships Between Mass Media, Public Opinion, and Foreign Policy: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis
Democracy requires that citizens' opinions play some role in shaping policy outcomes, including in foreign policy. Yet, although the literature on public opinion and foreign policy has made greatExpand
The Constituent Foundations of the Rally-Round-the-Flag Phenomenon
Despite the massive attention heaped on the rally-round-the-flag phenomenon by public opinion scholars, relatively little attention has been paid to its constituent elements. Yet, recent research hasExpand