The last refuge of media persuasion: news use, national pride and political trust in China

Fei Shen*, Steve Z S GUO

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study examines theoretical connections among three variables, each in its own way engendering profound political implications for the Chinese society today: news use, national pride, and political trust. We focused on the impact of 'positivity bias in news' and advanced a theoretical model on the basis of framing theory to address the dynamics of propaganda and its persuasive effects. Using data from the World Value Survey, we found: (1) news use in general, television news viewing in particular, was positively associated with political trust and national pride; (2) impact of news use on political trust disappeared once national pride was statistically controlled; and (3) intensity of national pride moderated the bivariate relationship between news use and political trust. The effect of party propaganda intended to consolidate political trust in China was contingent upon both one's affective ties to the state and the form of news media regularly consumed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-151
Number of pages17
JournalAsian Journal of Communication
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Education

User-Defined Keywords

  • media effects
  • national pride
  • political communication


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