Reith, M. (1999). Viewing of crime drama and authoritarian aggression: An investigation of the relationship between crime viewing, fear, and aggression. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 43 (2), 211-221.

Abstract:  Studied whether frequency of viewing crime drama on TV is positively related to an authoritarian aggression structure: high levels of aggression directed against those who break the law and low levels of aggression directed against those who defend the law. Analysis was based on data from a 1976 US election study that used a representative probability sample of American adults. Support for the hypothesis that frequency of watching crime drama is positively related to authoritarian aggression was supported only for White male viewers. G. Gerbner’s (1978) theory that fear of victimization will play a mediating role in such a relationship was not supported; nor was D. Zi11mann’s (1985) proposal that its main cause will be fear of victimization. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)