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Singing from the same broad sheet? Examining newspaper coverage bias during the 2009 MPs' expenses scandal

Larcinese, Valentino and Sircar, Indraneel (2014) Singing from the same broad sheet? Examining newspaper coverage bias during the 2009 MPs' expenses scandal. In: Van Heerde-Hudson, Jennifer, (ed.) The Political Costs of the 2009 British MPs’ Expenses Scandal. Palgrave Macmillan UK, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 153-174. ISBN 9781137034540

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Abstract

To see whether UK media coverage during the MPs’ expenses scandal followed partisan newspaper orientations, we analysed reporting from: a set of right-leaning (Daily Mail, The Times and Daily Telegraph) and left-leaning (The Guardian, The Independent) papers; the most widely read daily (The Sun); and a regional newspaper (The Scotsman). We found that, ceteris paribus, MPs received higher levels of coverage across all newspapers if they were on the front bench for one of the three major parties, misappropriated higher sums of money, received more media coverage before the scandal, or were female. However, there were no significant partisan differences between the newspapers under study. Thus, newspapers acted as watchdogs rather than in a partisan fashion during the expenses scandal.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.palgrave.com/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: Government
Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > Government
Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 14:27
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2017 11:48
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69779

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