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Nebraska approves Keystone XL pipeline route

November 22, 2017

On Monday, Nebraska’s Public Service Commission approved a planned Keystone XL oil pipeline route through the state, voting 3-2 in favor of the project. The commission approved an alternate route to the one proposed by TransCanada, the company in charge of the project. The decision is subject to appeal and TransCanada said it will review […]

US to end Temporary Protected Status residency program for Haiti

November 22, 2017

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Monday that a provisional residency program for Haitians, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), will not be renewed when it expires in January of next year. Haitians with TPS will be given 18 months from the expiry date to arrange their departure or legalize their status in […]

November 22, 2017

Suicide bombing in Nigeria mosque kills at least 50

On Tuesday, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a mosque during morning prayers in the town of Mubi, killing at least 50 people. Mubi is located in Nigeria’s north eastern Adamawa state. The number of injured is still being assessed, as they have been brought to a number of hospitals, according to police spokesperson […]

November 22, 2017

Robert Mugabe resigns as president of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe on Tuesday. Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda read out a letter from Mugabe during a session of parliament, in which Mugabe said his resignation was voluntary, and that he had resigned to allow for a “smooth transfer of power.” According to Zimbabwe’s constitution, the first vice president would […]

The Numbers

See how the articles rate in spin, slant and logic when held against objective standards.

November 17, 2017

Hidden implications in the coverage of the Senate background check bill

Implication  • noun   im·pli·ca·tion  \ ˌim-plə-ˈkā-shən \ •  A conclusion that can be drawn from something, although it’s not explicitly stated. We often accept as true many conclusions made through implication. In fact, a lot of them are widely accepted in society, so we may not even think to question them. Let’s take a look at some potentially […]

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November 17, 2017

Hannity and Roy Moore: Presumption of innocence v. the court of public opinion

There’s been much debate over the sexual misconduct allegations against Roy Moore. Fox News host Sean Hannity was caught in the middle of it after he addressed the subject on his show. Let’s examine the media’s reaction to Hannity’s comments. Much of the media coverage has suggested (or stated outright as The Washington Post and […]

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November 16, 2017

UK parliament debates EU exit: 4 ways media amps up the drama

British parliament begins debating EU Withdrawal Bill The United Kingdom parliament began debating the European Union Withdrawal Bill on Tuesday. It was the first of eight sessions scheduled over the next month to discuss the U.K.’s process for leaving the EU, commonly called “Brexit.” According to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, […]

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The Media

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The FBI Hate Crimes report through the lens of media bias

FBI: 2016 hate crimes report shows 4.6 percent increase from 2015 The Federal Bureau of Investigation published its annual Hate Crimes Statistics report on Monday, counting a total of 6,121 reported hate crime incidents in the U.S. during 2016. This is an increase of 4.6 percent from 2015, when there were 5,850 reported hate crime […]

Jordan Peterson and the media: How one-sided reporting can limit critical thinking

On Friday, The University of Toronto’s Faculty Association requested a meeting to discuss psychology professor Jordan Peterson’s idea to create a website to identify courses containing “postmodern” content. The Faculty Association’s president, Cynthia Messenger, said the association had “concern[s]” about the website’s “threat to our members and to the academic mission of the university.” In […]