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The News

IS militants kill 27 pro-government soldiers in Iraq

February 20, 2018

Islamic State (IS) militants killed at least 27 members of Hashd al-Shaabi, or the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), in Iraq on Sunday, the PMF stated. The attack took place in the town of Hawija in Kirkuk province. IS claimed responsibility for the attack. The PMF, a paramilitary group, has joined the Iraqi government in fighting […]

Garbage dump collapses killing at least 17 in Mozambique

February 20, 2018

On Monday, a 49-foot high garbage dump collapsed in Mozambique’s capital Maputo, killing at least 17 people and injuring others. The collapse, which was due to heavy rains, also buried seven houses, Reuters reported. A Mozambique national disaster official confirmed families were still inside the buried houses. Despedida Rita, councilor for Ka Mavota Municipal District, […]

The Numbers

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

February 15, 2018

The Netanyahu coverage: An op-ed in news’ clothing?

On Tuesday, Israeli police recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases, known as File 1000 and File 2000. The recommendation will now go to Attorney General Avihai Mendelblit for review, who will decide whether to file charges. Netanyahu can remain in […]

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February 14, 2018

The Senate intel briefing: Same news, different stories

National intelligence leaders testified before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday during its annual open hearing on “worldwide threats.” Among those who spoke at the hearing were Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers. The meeting, which lasted approximately […]

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February 14, 2018

Canada: Missing perspectives in the coverage of the Colten Boushie trial

The family of Colten Boushie, a 22-year old man who was fatally shot in August 2016, was scheduled to meet with Canadian cabinet members in Ottawa, following the acquittal of Gerald Stanley, 56, who shot Boushie. After the verdict, Boushie’s family members said they “saw no justice.” Rallies protesting the verdict and calling for legal […]

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The Media

See how each news outlet performs against objective standards.

How biased news harms democracy

It only takes reading two headlines about the State of the Union address to recognize that our news media missed a valuable lesson. This morning, CNN’s main headline was “The state of our disunion,” placed above a picture of the president. Last night, The New York Times’ headline was about “remarkable turmoil and concern.” Let’s […]

Cathy Newman’s interview with Jordan Peterson: How civil discourse is at risk

Question any aspect of Black Lives Matter, and you’re called a racist. Disagree with opening borders to immigration, and you’re labeled a xenophobe. Question the #MeToo movement, and you must be a misogynist. The media often makes these sorts of generalizations. What’s the problem? They’re based on flawed reasoning, and they tend to misrepresent people’s […]

Eric Weinstein’s Four Quadrant Model

In our analysis of journalist Cathy Newman’s interview with Jordan Peterson, we showed how Newman and subsequent media coverage portrayed the University of Toronto professor as a misogynist for his stance on subjects like the gender pay gap. In addition to conducting a full Knife analysis and rating the coverage (which we discuss in more detail […]