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How the King of Late Night’s political influence helped turn public opinion against a president.

Calfano, Brian R. and Han, Lori (2022) How the King of Late Night’s political influence helped turn public opinion against a president. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (20 Jan 2022). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Can comedians and entertainers make a difference in politics all the way to the top? In new research, Brian Calfano and Lori Han examine the influence of the host of The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson’s mentions, between 1972 and 1974, of the Watergate scandal and President Richard Nixon. They find that Carson’s comments on Watergate likely influenced public opinion which then encouraged further news coverage of the scandal, leading to falling ratings for President Nixon.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2022 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2022 15:03
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2022 15:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/114247

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