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Government Distortion in Independently Owned Media: Evidence from U.S. Cold War News Coverage of Human Rights

Nancy Qian, David Yanagizawa-Drott

NBER Working Paper No. 15738
Issued in February 2010

---- Acknowledgements -----

This paper supersedes the previous version entitled, "Watchdog and Lapdog...". We are indebted to Matthew Gentzkow, Mikhail Golosov and David Stromberg for their many thoughtful comments; Abhijit Banerjee, Stefano DellaVigna, Raquel Fernandez, Dean Karlan, Brian Knight, Michael Kremer, Justin Lahart, Suresh Naidu, Nathan Nunn, Torsten Persson, Jesse Shapiro, Jakob Svensson and Chris Udry for their insights; and the seminar participants at Stanford University, Yale University, New York University, Boston University, the University College of London, Stockholm University IIES,Warwick University, Universitat de Pompeu Fabra, Paris School of Economics, Universitet du Toulouse, McGill University, NBER Summer Institute Political Economy, BEROC, BREAD CIPREE and NEUDC for useful comments; and Carl Brinton and Aletheia Donald for invaluable research assistance. All mistakes are our own. Comments or suggestions are very welcome. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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