Good Guys Are Still Always in White? Positive Change and Continued Misrepresentation of Race and Crime on Local Television News

  title={Good Guys Are Still Always in White? Positive Change and Continued Misrepresentation of Race and Crime on Local Television News},
  author={Travis L. Dixon},
  journal={Communication Research},
  pages={775 - 792}
  • Travis L. Dixon
  • Published 1 August 2017
  • Law, Psychology
  • Communication Research
A content analysis of a random sample of Los Angeles television news programs was used to assess racial representations of perpetrators, victims, and officers. A series of comparisons were used to assess whether local news depictions differed from outside indicators of social reality. In a significant departure from prior research, they revealed that perpetration was accurately depicted on local TV news. Blacks, in particular, were accurately depicted as perpetrators, victims, and officers… 

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