Media Partisanship and Fundamental Corporate Decisions
49 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2020 Last revised: 6 Feb 2020
Date Written: January 28, 2019
Using the introduction of Fox News as a natural experiment, we investigate whether partisanship in television coverage influences corporate decisions. We find that, during the George W. Bush presidency, firms led by Republican-leaning managers headquartered in regions into which Fox was introduced shift upward their total investment expenditures, investment expenditures devoted to R&D, and leverage. Our findings imply that in making fundamental corporate decisions, Republican-leaning managers are swayed by the Republican slant of Fox that presents an optimistic macroeconomic outlook. The results highlight the importance of heterogeneity in media slant in understanding the role of the media in corporate decision-making.
Keywords: Media Slant, Partisanship, Corporate Decision-making
JEL Classification: G30, G32, G34
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