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Dangerous Distortion


This study examined representations of families, by race, in national and local news and opinion media coverage—on television, in print and online. The study analyzed relevant stories published or aired in the two-year period of January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2016. Specifically, it investigated the extent to which national and local news and opinion media outlets present distorted representations of Black families and engage in inaccurate and racially biased coverage, both in word and image. The study involved a systematic content analysis of a recent two-year sample of cable and network news shows, national and local newspaper articles, and online opinion site content. The findings of the study indicate that news and opinion media do, in fact, perpetuate inaccurate representations of Black families across several different areas of coverage.

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