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The Rise and Impact of Fact-Checking in U.S. Campaigns

Abstract Do fact-checks influence individuals' attitudes and evaluations of political candidates and campaign messages? This dissertation examines the influence of fact-checks on citizens' evaluations of political candidates. Using an original content analysis, I determine who conducts fact-checks of candidates for political office, who is being fact-checked, and how fact-checkers rate political candidates' level of truthfulness. Additionally, I employ three experiments to evaluate the impact of fact-checks source and message cues on voters' evaluations of candidates for political office.
Created Date 2015
Contributor Wintersieck, Amanda (Author) / Fridkin, Kim L (Advisor) / Kenney, Patrick (Committee member) / Ramirez, Mark (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Political Science / campaigns and elections / fact-checking / political communication
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 300 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Political Science 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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