Ramírez, for one, believes the prominent coverage may have prompted such swift action by the Governor.
Public policy decisions are influenced by the quality and quantity of media coverage.
Whether it is riots, a cross burning, a mayoral election or a commission's findings on
the status of Hispanics, governmental response may be framed by media reporting.
Hispanic political development occurs apart from news coverage and sometimes despite the negative or slanted reporting. When there is an increase in Hispanic political clout, the press--being a reactive medium--reflects it in both the quantity and
quality of the reporting.
Originally prepared as Discussion Paper D-18 for The Joan Shorenstein Center, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, January 1995. Excerpted by permission of
the author and reprinted by permission of The Joan Shorenstein Center.
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