Examining the impact of news attention and education on political tolerance in Hong Kong

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This study examines the interrelationships amongst and between news attention, education, and political tolerance. Based on the theoretical presumption that the mainstream news media tend to reflect the prejudices and ideologies of the dominant groups in a society, news portrayal of groups regarded as deviant and/or controversial can be expected to be negative in valence. Hence, news attention is expected to lead to more negative attitudes toward such groups, which in turn breeds intolerance toward them. Meanwhile, education may moderate the relationship between news attention and tolerance. Research questions and hypotheses are examined through analyzing the data from a representative survey conducted in Hong Kong. The findings confirm the negative, indirect effect of news attention on tolerance through attitude toward deviant groups. Education is also found to relate to tolerance in a complicated and contradictory manner: while education has a direct positive effect on tolerance, it also strengthens the negative impact that attitude toward deviant groups has on tolerance. The theoretical and social implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-304
Number of pages19
JournalChinese Journal of Communication
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication

User-Defined Keywords

  • education
  • Hong Kong
  • moderating effect
  • News attention
  • tolerance


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