One works better than the other. Which one? Well, that depends...
A guide created for reporters offers insights for the discerning news consumer as well.
Researchers know authoritarians backed President Trump in the election. And they know consuming a lot of TV breeds authoritarian tendencies. At the intersection of those two points, things get interesting.
Hero talk by politicians goes back more than a century, and has ramped up in recent decades. But research shows the public isn't moved by the lofty rhetoric.
Partisans and pundits have taken the research's numbers out of context. The real story, say researchers, is that the press has unilaterally changed its role while covering the 45th president.
Some call for new regulation, but research reveals us to largely be a skeptical, fact-checking bunch.
Researchers say audiences need an emotional connection – not merely “just-the-facts” reporting – as prerequisite for political action. Images can trigger this emotional connection.