Cascading corruption news: explaining the bias of media attention to Brazil’s political scandals

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  • Mads Damgaard Aarhus University

Palavras-chave:

Scandals. Corruption. Impeachment. Information cascade. News.

Resumo

Through a content analysis of 8,800 news items and six months of front pages of three Brazilian newspapers, all dealing with corruption and political transgression, the present article documents the remarkable bias of media coveragetoward corruption scandals. Said bias is examined as an informational phenomenon, arising from key systemic and commercial factors of Brazil’s news media: an information cascade of news on corruption formed, destabilizing the governing coalition and legitimizing the impeachment process of Dilma Rousseff. As this process gained momentum, questions of accountability were disregarded by the media, with harmful effects for democracy. 

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Biografia do Autor

Mads Damgaard, Aarhus University

Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft. Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University.

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DAMGAARD, M. Cascading corruption news: explaining the bias of media attention to Brazil’s political scandals. Opinião Pública, Campinas, SP, v. 24, n. 1, p. 114–143, 2018. Disponível em: https://periodicos.sbu.unicamp.br/ojs/index.php/op/article/view/8652281. Acesso em: 4 dez. 2021.

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