Cinema & Media Studies

How news coverage affects public trust in science

News media reports about scientific failures that do not recognize the self-correcting nature of science can damage public perceptions of trust and confidence in scientific work.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

How news messages affect views on vaccination

News coverage of expert scientific evidence about vaccine safety is effective at increasing public acceptance of vaccines, but the positive effect is diminished when the expert message is juxtaposed with a personal narrative about real side effects.

From the Annenberg Public Policy Center

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How AT&T helped build far-right One America News

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about the origins of Fox News and OAN. “If somebody recognizes there’s a market for something and there’s a lot of money attached to that market, you get a news outlet,” she said.


The radio hosts taking COVID denial to its grimmest endpoint

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences was interviewed about how the right-wing media ecosystem has framed COVID-19 and the vaccines. “As much as many see conservative media as hosts who are puppeteers dragging their audience around, it’s kind of the other way around—hosts are afraid to lose the audience,” he said.


The Atlantic

The Tucker Carlson fans who got vaxxed

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center said shows like “Tucker Carlson Tonight” foster distrust in the COVID-19 vaccine by perpetuating viewers’ assumptions. “If you hear the word lie tied to Anthony Fauci, and Anthony Fauci now comes on in a completely different venue, the assumption is, you can’t trust Anthony Fauci,” she said.


Washington Monthly

Our divisions are worse than you think

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education reflects on conservatives and progressives who are locked into their own media bubbles, while each presents America as under existential threat for vastly different reasons.


Limbaugh’s lamentable legacy

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the late Rush Limbaugh’s role in shaping talk radio, conservative media, and the Republican Party. “He was this brilliant, gifted entertainer. But it was kind of like the dark arts,” said Rosenwald. “He used his power to do a lot of terrible things.”


The Washington Post

Rush Limbaugh is ailing. And so is the conservative talk radio industry

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences said radio station owners are unlikely to invest in local personalities due to financial constraints, putting AM radio “in imminent danger, unless someone comes along to invest enough to enable it to become a local medium again.”