How Does Local TV News Change Viewers’ Attitudes? The Case of Sinclair Broadcasting

  title={How Does Local TV News Change Viewers’ Attitudes? The Case of Sinclair Broadcasting},
  author={Matthew Levendusky},
  journal={Political Communication},
  pages={23 - 38}
ABSTRACT How does local television news shape viewers’ national political attitudes? The answer is unclear, because local news typically focuses on local, not national, stories, and is politically neutral. But the rise of Sinclair Broadcasting, now the nation’s second-largest owner of local TV stations, upends that assumption. News on Sinclair-owned stations focuses more on national topics, and presents them with a right-wing slant. Given this, we might expect it to shift its viewers’ attitudes… 
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