This article researches the relationship between three different spheres of influence: party identification, issue selection process in media, and the following changes in public opinion. This relationship was examined through a random sample of news organizations based on a specific issue. The number of articles was then documented for each newspaper and measured against the articles produced apropos to that issue in the previous year. The discrepancy in articles produced is then compared to the succeeding policy shift to determine whether or not there is a correlation between these two relationships. Regarding the relationship between Ukraine-Russia War media and proceeding U.S. policy, it was concluded that these two spheres are correlated, considering the $15 billion that has been provided as direct budgetary support to Ukraine by the end of 2022.
Ihle, Knole '25, "Polarization, Media Bias, and General Opinion" (2022). Student Research. 51, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.
Study written for Dr. Naima Shifa's 300BC Honor Seminar, "The Datification of Society," Fall 2022.