Press-Party Parallelism and Media Agendas
In this chapter, we aim to advance our knowledge of media behavior in different contexts by exploring the dynamics of media attention in Turkey, an electoral democracy that has had serious challenges in democratic processes. We first discuss in detail the trends in press-party parallelism and media ownership in Turkey, and then illustrate the ideological fragmentation of media outlets through the case of the December 17 Graft Probe. Utilizing original content-analytic datasets of media coverage from five newspapers during the period of 17 December 2013 – 30 January 2014, this brief case study illustrates the important differences in the way various newspapers featured stories about one of the biggest political scandals in Turkish politics. We then explore the broader patterns of media attention by analyzing the front-page coverage of Milliyet over the period of 1990-2001. Our aim is to go beyond the investigation of press-party parallelism and politicization of media outlets and delve further into the dynamics of media attention in Turkey over time.
KeywordsAgenda diversity Political scandals Agenda-setting Press-party parallelism
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