This Political Science Theory Explains Why Indiana\u2019s Religious Freedom Law Exploded in Mike Pence\u2019s Face

Political science Assistant Professor Amber Boydstun cited in Bloomberg.

On Monday night, the front page of the next day’s Indianapolis Star began rocketing across Twitter: it bore a blaring, all-caps headline demanding that Indiana Governor Mike Pence “FIX THIS NOW,” meaning the state’s new “religious freedom” law that had touched off a national furor by allowing businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians. 

The most persuasive explanation I’ve found for why stories like Indiana’s catch fire is a theory of the political news media put forward by Amber Boydstun, a political scientist at the University of California, Davis, in her recent book, Making the News: Politics, the Media, and Agenda Setting. Boydstun’s work not only posits a convincing reason why “media storms” like the one engulfing Pence happen, but also suggests that they may have the power to shape policy in a way that most news stories do not.

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