On the nature of real and perceived bias in the mainstream media
Publication Date
March 23, 2018
Authors
Erick Elejalde, Leo Ferres & Eelco Herder
Volume
13
Issue
3
Pages
e0193765
DOI
https://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0193765
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http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0193765
Scopus
85044422444
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http://www.mendeley.com/research/nature-real-perceived-bias-mainstream-media
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