The influence of television news depictions of the images of war on viewers

Michael Pfau, Michel M. Haigh, Theresa Shannon, Toni Tones, Deborah Mercurio, Raina Williams, Blanca Binstock, Carlos Diaz, Constance Dillard, Margaret Browne, Clarence Elder, Sherri Reed, Adam Eggers, Juan Melendez

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Results of an experiment about the influence of network television news coverage of combat in Iraq on viewers indicated that, compared with a control condition which featured news stories about combat operations in Iraq described by news anchors, news reports also featuring footage of combat operations increased viewer involvement levels about the war and reduced viewer support for continued military presence in Iraq. Television news footage of combat operations also reduced viewers' pride in U.S. military presence but did not affect other emotions. However, regardless of how news stories were packaged, women experienced greater emotional response to network news stories about combat operations than men. The results also shed light on the potential of inoculation to deflect such influence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-322
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication


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