Good Guys Are Still Always in White? Positive Change and Continued Misrepresentation of Race and Crime on Local Television News

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Abstract

A content analysis of a random sample of Los Angeles television news programs was used to assess racial representations of perpetrators, victims, and officers. A series of comparisons were used to assess whether local news depictions differed from outside indicators of social reality. In a significant departure from prior research, they revealed that perpetration was accurately depicted on local TV news. Blacks, in particular, were accurately depicted as perpetrators, victims, and officers. However, although Latinos were accurately depicted as perpetrators, they continued to be underrepresented as victims and officers. Conversely, Whites remained significantly overrepresented as victims and officers. The implications of these findings are discussed in light of incognizant racism, ethnic blame discourse, structural limitations, and the guard dog perspective of news media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)775-792
Number of pages18
JournalCommunication Research
Volume44
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Latinos
  • blacks
  • crime
  • local news
  • race/ethnicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language

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