How Online Gatekeepers Guard Our View - News Portals' Inclusion and Ranking of Media and Events

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Executive Summary

This study examines two news portals, Google News and Yahoo News, using a theoretical framework that incorporates the theory of network gatekeeping and the notion of search engine bias. The study tests three hypotheses about the relationship between dominance of the news media, proximity of news events to the U.S. interests, and position of the news links on portals' front pages and result pages.

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