Uncivil media and the effect on democracy

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Guests: Diana Mutz

Political discourse on cable news shows can get pretty heated. There’s often a lot of shouting, screaming, and mockery. But do these loud debates and ugly arguments affect the way Americans think about politics, candidates, elections, government and issues? University of Pennsylvania political scientist DIANA MUTZ believes they do. She argues in her new book In-Your-Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media, that all the conflict and close-ups that viewers see on news shows has good and bad ramifications for our democracy.

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