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The News

DNC files lawsuit against Trump campaign officials, Russian government, WikiLeaks

April 20, 2018

On Friday, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) filed a lawsuit against several Trump campaign officials, the Russian government and the media organization WikiLeaks. The suit alleges the defendants conspired in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election “to disseminate stolen DNC data to aid” then Republican candidate Donald Trump. The complaint alleges the defendants had […]

Leaders name Prince Charles as the next head of the Commonwealth

April 20, 2018

Charles, Prince of Wales, was named as the next leader of the Commonwealth at a summit on Friday, to take over from Queen Elizabeth II, leaders of the body announced. The Commonwealth is a body of 53 member states, mostly former British colonies, with a collective population of about 2.4 billion people. The leader’s role […]

April 20, 2018

US students protest gun violence on anniversary of Columbine shooting

Students from schools across the U.S. participated in walkouts protesting gun violence on Friday, the anniversary of the Columbine mass shooting. More than 2,500 schools were estimated to participate, according to organizers of the National School Walkout. Lane Murdock, a sophomore high school student from Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, organized the protests. Murdock said […]

April 20, 2018

The facts on James Comey’s memos

Comey memos on Trump conversations released Memos written by FBI Director James Comey outlining his interactions with President Donald Trump were released to Congress on Thursday evening, and published in media reports. The memos, partially redacted, describe four in person conversations and three phone calls that took place between Comey and Trump between Jan. 7, […]

The Numbers

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

April 19, 2018

The media coverage of the Alex Jones-Sandy Hook lawsuits

On Monday, three parents of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting filed two defamation lawsuits against Alex Jones, a radio host and owner of the Infowars website. Jones has suggested that parents of Sandy Hook shooting victims were actors, and has said media coverage of some mass shootings was “totally staged.” […]

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April 18, 2018

The Shinzo Abe coverage: How spin keeps readers uninformed

Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said that it would be a “good time” for current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to step down at the end of the current parliamentary session on June 20. “When the current Diet term ends, that would be a good time for Abe to resign. No third term for him […]

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The Media

See how each news outlet performs against objective standards.

The slanted coverage of Apu and ‘The Simpsons’

The Simpsons character Apu could be a starting point for constructive conversation about freedom of speech and prejudice. These are important, complex issues, and how we deal with them will have lasting effects on society. The media could be an arbiter of that debate, and could help encourage nuanced, rational discussions. But much of this […]

9 spin words that imply bad behavior

News reports can affect people’s perceptions when they’re not aware of it. One way they do so is by using words that imply misbehavior, dishonesty or an avoidance of the truth, without directly stating that a transgression took place. If readers aren’t aware of these implications, the news may alter how they perceive people before […]

How the media misrepresented Tony Robbins’ comments on #MeToo

When actor Matt Damon made critical remarks about #MeToo, media outlets called them “tone-deaf” and “stupid.” Literary critic Daphne Merkin wrote an op-ed saying women had “misgivings” about the movement, and commentators called it an “ill-conceived attempt at provocation,” among other things. And when French actress Catherine Deneuve and 99 other women signed a critical […]