2023
DOI: 10.1177/00104140231169027
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Media Manipulation in Young Democracies: Evidence From the 1989 Brazilian Presidential Election

Abstract: We investigate how dominant media networks can manipulate voters in young democracies. During the first presidential election after the democratic transition in Brazil, TV Globo, the largest and most-watched network in the country, unexpectedly manipulated the news coverage of the last debate 2 days before the decisive second round. In a video segment, Globo unfavorably depicted the left-wing candidate, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Using the geographical distribution of broadcaster-specific TV signals and the ti… Show more

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