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Election Night News Coverage as Political Ritual

Marc Howard Ross and Richard Joslyn
Polity
Vol. 21, No. 2 (Winter, 1988), pp. 301-319
DOI: 10.2307/3234808
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3234808
Page Count: 19
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Election Night News Coverage as Political Ritual
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Abstract

Television news coverage on election night provides a rapid reporting of results, but it does more than just that. It also, this article argues, presents a particular understanding of the political system to its viewers. Beyond the reporting of electoral outcomes, the authors find election night television to be important as a political ritual in which the positive aspects of the political system are emphasized following a period of divisive electioneering. They find that TV commentators go well beyond their usual journalistic role as reporter to offer through their analyses and interpretations a broad symbolic reassurance to their viewers. From this perspective, political ritual is important, not because it resolves real differences between citizens, but because it draws their attention away from those differences and toward common and shared sentiments.

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