The Media, the War in Vietnam, and Political Support: A Critique of the Thesis of an Oppositional Media

  title={The Media, the War in Vietnam, and Political Support: A Critique of the Thesis of an Oppositional Media},
  author={Daniel C. Hallin},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={2 - 24}
  • D. Hallin
  • Published 1 February 1984
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
The issue of the relation of the media to political authority has been approached by political scientists mainly in terms of the effects of news content on individual attitudes toward government. This article addresses the institutional side of the question. It offers a critique, based on a case study of television coverage of Vietnam, of the thesis that the media shifted during the 1960s and 1970s toward an oppositional relation to political authority. It concludes that while there was a… Expand
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