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Does news coverage of traffic crashes affect perceived blame and preferred solutions? Evidence from an experiment

* Even subtle differences in editorial patterns significantly affected readers’ attribution of blame and choice of punishment
* Shifting from pedestrian-focused to driver-focused language reduced victim-blaming and increased perceived fault of the driver
* A thematic frame significantly increased support for infrastructure improvements

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590198219300727#t0005

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Thanks, that is indeed a problem in the news coverage.