Reporting on Private Affairs of Candidates: A Study of Newspaper Practices

Bruce Garrison, Sigman Splichal

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Public debates rage on about the extent to which the character of political candidates should be examined in the public media. This study examines attitudes of newspaper editors, and finds that their attitudes appear to approximate those of the public. A substantial number of editors felt that too much public attention is paid to these matters, yet there was a recognition of demand. As in office gossip, people want to hear these things, but the teller loses some credibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-183
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Mass Media Ethics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Philosophy


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