The power of political journalists as deception detectors and how politicians reactivate voters’ truth-default
International Communication Association 71st Annual Conference, Mass Communication division, Denver, CO, United States.
Abstract: Journalists serve as deception detectors for voters. Sometimes politicians refute journalists’ assertions. How do voters discern whom to believe? Based on cognitive sequences posited by truth-default theory (TDT), experiments tested voters’ reactions to alleged deceptiveness in a political news interview. In Study 1 (N = 209) perceptions of a politician being truthfully or falsely accused of deception depended on voters’ projected motive for deception by journalists. In Study 2 (N = 259) voters did not vary in their reactions to a politician whether or not the politician refuted a bogus allegation of evasion—with the exception of voters who perceived very low or high deceptive demeanor from the politician. Consistent with TDT: (a) voters seem to automatically believe journalists, (b) projected motive for deception buffers against being misled, and (c) a politician’s believability is largely based on misleading demeanor cues.
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Kyser Lough. “Richer solutions journalism through multi-semiotic news storytelling,” extended abstract accepted for presentation at the 19 Oct 2022 ECREA pre-conference: Constructive Journalism: Where are we now and what are […]
Panel debate: Trends and developments in the research in constructive journalism
Karen McIntyre, Nicole Dahmen, Kyser Lough, Cathrine Gyldensted and Ulrik Haagerup. Panel debate: Trends and developments in the research in constructive journalism. Networks and future collaboration? Invited panelist for the closing […]