Framing Europe: Television News and European Integration
The role of television news in the process of European integration is examined in-depth in this fascinating study. De Vreese's analysis includes assessment of the editorial policies of news organizations in Britain, Denmark, and The Netherlands and investigation of how television news affects the formation of public opinion.
The study demonstrates that television news has the ability to influence viewers' opinions about European issues and concludes that audiences rely heavily on journalistic spin when interpreting an issue. Certain types of reporting contribute to political cynicism, but there is no evidence to suggest that this negatively affects public support on particular issues. Instead, the author suggests that citizens have the capacity to distinguish between cynical views and support for policies.