Taiwan News: TV still influential in Taiwan election campaign: US academic

Speaking at a Hoover Institute seminar Tuesday (December 3) about the January 11, 2020 elections, the Stanford University expert said he was not worried about online rumors and fake news influencing the vote, as especially young Taiwanese were extremely media- and tech-savvy.

However, TV stations still had a significant impact, while a certain change could be noticed, the Central News Agency quoted Templeman as saying. During his most recent visit to Taiwan, he had noted how channels previously noted for their support for the government were now also broadcasting Chinese songs and live conversations with Chinese news anchors, indicating a certain change in attitude, he said.

Templeman also noted how six months of campaigning had undergone rapid change, such as the dropping out of the race of major independent candidates and the protests in Hong Kong. While President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) could be relatively sure of re-election, the fight for control over the Legislative Yuan could still go either way, according to the academic.

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