Cascading Corruption News: Explaining the bias of media attention to Brazil's political scandals

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Mads Damgaard

Through a content analysis of 8,800 news items and six months of front pages in three Brazilian newspapers, all dealing with corruption and political transgression, this article documents the remarkable skew of media attention to corruption scandals. The bias is examined as an information phenomenon, arising from systemic and commercial factors of Brazil’s news media: An information cascade of news on corruption formed, destabilizing the governing coalition and legitimizing the impeachment process of Dilma Rousseff. As this process gained momentum, questions of accountability were disregarded by the media, with harmful effects on democracy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOpiniao Publica
Volume24
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)114-143
Number of pages30
ISSN0104-6276
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2018

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