How partisan voters detect deception in polarizing political media
International Communication Association 71st Annual Conference, Political Communication division, Denver, CO, United States.
Abstract: The public considers politicians to be deceptive. Empirical research, however, indicates voters fail to notice deception from politicians in practice. An experiment was run in which U.S. voters (n = 133 Democrats, n = 138 Republicans) watched a partisan news interview featuring a senator. Participants were randomly assigned to one of four conditions: a Fox News interviewer accusing (or not accusing) a Democrat of deception, or a CNN interviewer accusing (or not accusing) a Republican of deception. Consistent with truth-default theory (TDT), voters distrusted a politician through elevated suspicion toward the politician, followed by perceiving deceptive messaging. Also in line with TDT, in-group/out-group bias drove perceptions of deception. However, moderated multiple mediator modeling indicated voters reacted the same regardless of whether the media accused the politician of deception.
Misinformation or hard to tell? An eye-tracking study to investigate the effects of food crisis misinformation on social media engagement
Lee, Y.I., Mu, D., Hsu, Y-C., Bart Wojdynski, Matt Binford (current Ph.D. candidate) & Sun, S. (2023, August). “Misinformation or hard to tell? An eye-tracking study to investigate the effects of food crisis […]