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A catastrophic media failure? Russiagate, Trump and the illusion of truth: The dangers of innuendo and narrative repetition

Majin, Graham (2019) A catastrophic media failure? Russiagate, Trump and the illusion of truth: The dangers of innuendo and narrative repetition. Journalism, . ISSN 1464-8849. (doi:10.1177/1464884919878007) (KAR id:79259)

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Abstract

The journalistic coverage of Russiagate, between 2017 and March 2019, has been described as ‘a catastrophic media failure’. Drawing on political and social psychology, this article seeks to enrich, and refresh, the familiar journalistic concepts of agenda-setting, framing and priming by combining them under the heading of the ‘news narrative’. Using this interdisciplinary approach to media effects theory, Russiagate is considered in terms of the Illusory Truth Effect and the Innuendo Effect. These effects hypothesise that the more audiences are exposed to information, the more likely they are to believe it – even when they are told that the information is unreliable. As a specific example, we focus on the stance taken by BBC News – which has an obligation to journalistic impartiality. We ask what implications arise from this analysis with regard to audience trust.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1464884919878007
Uncontrolled keywords: Agenda-setting, BBC, fake news, framing, illusory truth effect, innuendo, media effects, news narrative, priming, pseudo-facts, psychology, Russiagate, Trump
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: Graham Majin
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 10:48 UTC
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2021 23:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79259 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Majin, Graham: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8151-5134
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