POLITICAL PERSUASION DURING TIMES OF CRISIS: THE EFFECTS OF EDUCATION AND NEWS MEDIA ON CITIZENS' FACTUAL INFORMATION ABOUT IRAQ

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Description: Education is a powerful cognitive resource that undermines the persuasiveness of political propaganda. However, little is known about the conditions that weaken this resource. This study examines whether lopsided media coverage preceding and during the initial phases of the Iraq War provided an information environment sufficient to overcome the positive effects of education, finding that for viewers of the unbalanced and partial CBS and Fox, the educated were as likely to be misinformed about Iraq as the uneducated. Findings are discussed within the context of persuasion theory and the watchdog role of the news media. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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