The Agenda-Setting Role of Newspapers in the UK 2017 Elections
In the aftermath of the 2017 election there has been speculation about the likely impact of internet news sources and social media on the turn-out and the results. Headlines in the left-leaning Guardian and Independent both suggested that the election results, with an unexpected swing away from the Conservatives, demonstrated that the Conservative tabloid press had lost its power. However a closer examination of the media coverage, alongside the specific coverage of the campaign issues and the characteristics of the turn-out for the parties, suggests that, just a year after their successful referendum campaign, it is too soon to write off the power of the Tory press.
KeywordsNewspapers Media Agenda-setting Partisanship
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