A recent episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” examined the reporting of crime by the news media. In the segment, host John Oliver cited a study published by Professor Kevin Drakulich and SCCJ graduate, Andrew Baranauskas.
The study examines the influence of the media on public perceptions of crime and public support for crime policy. The study found that people who view local TV news are more likely to believe that crime is rising and therefore more likely to support tougher crime policies. Watch the segment.